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GPL violation gets to court

Open Sauce licence on trail
Fri Sep 21 2007, 12:13
IN WHAT IS believed to be the first case of its kind in the US, a software vendor is being taken to court for a violation of the GPL open sauce licence.

So far alleged GPL violations have all been settled by letters from the Free Software Foundation or other open-source organisations. According to Linux Watch, this time two principal developers of BusyBox, which runs a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities mostly for embedded systems, want to take Monsoon Multimedia to the cleaners.

BusyBox said that Monsoon had to ensure that each downstream recipient is provided access to the source code of the program. While Monsoon's website admitted its product contained BusyBox, it has not provided any recipients with access to the underlying source code.

Monsoon, which makes consumer devices primarily for home multimedia users, is not saying why it does this. µ


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