BusyBox Developers File GPL Infringement Lawsuit Against Verizon Communications
Dec 07, 2007, 15:15 (6 Talkback[s])
"The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it
has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Verizon
Communications, Inc. on behalf of its clients, two principal
developers of BusyBox, alleging violation of the GNU General Public
License (GPL). BusyBox is a lightweight set of standard Unix
utilities commonly used in embedded systems and is open source
software licensed under GPL version 2.
"Verizon is the provider of a fiber-optic Internet and
television service called FiOS. Verizon distributes Actiontec
MI424WR wireless routers to FiOS customers. This router contains
BusyBox, and under the terms of the GPL, Verizon is obligated to
provide the source code of BusyBox to recipients of the device.
According to the lawsuit, Verizon continues to distribute BusyBox
illegally without source code, despite having been contacted by