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Is the Monsoon Settlement a Missed Opportunity?

Nov 01, 2007, 00:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Aslett)

"Although it is heartening to see that the Software Freedom Law Center and Monsoon Multimedia have reached a settlement regarding claims that Monsoon had breached the GNU GPL, one can't help the feeling that the case once again represents a missed opportunity to establish a legal precedent.

"The complaint stated that Monsoon had failed to supply users of its HAVA TV media software with the source code to the BusyBox software used within it. The company has now agreed to do so, as well as appoint an Open Source Compliance Officer to monitor and its GPL compliance, and to notify users of their rights to the software under the GPL. The company is also making an undisclosed financial payment to BusyBox developers Rob Landley and Erik Andersen..."

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