SFLC to Dismiss GPL Lawsuit

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2008-03-07 Print this article Print

High-Gain Antennas agrees to conform to the GPL regarding BusyBox code in response to a suit from the Software Freedom Law Center.

The Software Freedom Law Center and High-Gain Antennas jointly announced March 6 that High-Gain will conform to the General Public License and that as a result the SFLC will dismiss its GPL lawsuit. 

The suit began when the developers of BusyBox, a set of embedded Unix utilities licensed under the GPLv2, asked High-Gain to provide access to its source code, which used BusyBox code. The company didn't respond, so BusyBox brought the licensing disagreement to the SFLC's attention.

High-Gain, which uses the BusyBox code in several of its Wi-Fi devices, has agreed to publish the code and to appoint an open-source compliance officer to make sure the company doesn't violate the GPL again. BusyBox's developers, Erik Andersen and Rob Landley, also received a financial settlement.

Read the full story on Linux-Watch.

I'm editor-at-large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. That's a fancy title that means I write about whatever topic strikes my fancy or needs written about across the Ziff Davis Enterprise family of publications. You'll find most of my stories in Linux-Watch, DesktopLinux and eWEEK. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, I worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects.

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