"Law.com recently ran a sensationalist piece by Edmund J. Walsh
warning of the impending 'dangerous real world business dispute' in
store for any for-profit company that uses free software. Walsh
points to lawsuits filed by SFLC on behalf BusyBox as a source of
this danger, and having worked on those lawsuits, I hope I can
provide a helpful counterpoint.
"The article claims that until the first BusyBox lawsuit, the
free and open source software (FOSS) movement has presented nothing
more than 'a philosophical debate about the proper place for
software in society.' But copyright licenses have been used to give
freedom to users for almost as long as the concept of 'free
software' has existed..."