Second Round of GPL Infringement Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of BusyBox Developers
Nov 21, 2007, 14:30 (10 Talkback[s])
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"The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it
has filed two more copyright infringement lawsuits on behalf of its
clients, two principal developers of BusyBox, alleging violation of
the GNU General Public License (GPL). The defendants in the
lawsuits are Xterasys Corporation and High-Gain Antennas, LLC.
BusyBox is a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities commonly
used in embedded systems and is open source software licensed under
GPL version 2.
"One of the conditions of the GPL is that re-distributors of
BusyBox are required to ensure that each downstream recipient is
provided access to the source code of the program. According to the
lawsuits filed yesterday, both companies have continued to
distribute BusyBox illegally without source code, despite having
been contacted by SFLC..."