"Bradley Kuhn, the technical director of the Software Freedom
Law Center (SFLC), has published a helpful set of guidelines about
the most productive way to respond to a suspected violation of
GNU's General Public License (GPL). The guidelines caution against
jumping to conclusions and encourages free software enthusiasts to
give violators the benefit of the doubt. GPL violations are
extremely common, he says, but most of them are accidental.
"The SFLC, which was founded in 2005 with the aim of providing
legal support for the free and open source software development
community, has played a key role in resolving numerous GPL
enforcement conflicts. Its approach to GPL enforcement is typically
instructive and non-confrontational. Lawsuits are used as a last
resort and have consistently resulted in out-of-court settlements.
The organization is perhaps best known for litigating a series of
high-profile GPL violation cases on behalf of the developers of the
open source BusyBox embedded tools."
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