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D-Link and Boxee Violate GPL!

Apr 19, 2011, 07:08 (2 Talkback[s])

"The GNU General Public License was written to protect the freedoms that have brought the world so many useful things, including software like Linux and XBMC, from which Boxee has taken its code base.

"One of those essential freedoms is to be able to change open-source software to make it better suit a purpose. It is essential to the evolution of open-source projects that people are free to take something and run with it as they see fit. This is how Free Software has come so far. D-Link and Boxee have now played a trick on the people who made it possible (developers and customers), by trying to hide behind games and deceit to exert control over your hardware."

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LWN has a few comments on the allegations as well

"Such violations are not generally noteworthy, but this one, if true, is interesting in that it involves GPLv3-licensed software and a user's ability to install new versions."
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