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Is the Monsoon Settlement a Missed Opportunity?

“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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