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Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 20:52:57 +0100

rjack wrote:
> After "they" (think Verizon) get "caught" they tell the SFLC (Software
> Fictional Licensing Center) to kiss their royal ass and SFLC quickly
> volunteers to dismiss the lawsuit without prejudice and then claims
> "victory" over some third party non-defendant.

According to eWeek's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka "King of the

"For decades, almost no one challenged the General Public License in
legal matters. In fact, no one has even dared to try to break it in
court. That record remains unsullied as the biggest company to
date--Verizon--that had been accused of a GPL violation opted to settle
out of court.

The Software Freedom Law Center filed a copyright infringement lawsuit
on Dec. 6 against Verizon Communications on behalf of its clients, the
two principal developers of BusyBox. The suit alleged that Verizon
violated the GNU GPLv2 by distributing Actiontec MI424WR wireless
routers--which contained unsanctioned GPLv2 code--that were used with
Verizon's fiber-optic Internet and television service, aka FiOS.

On March 17, the SFLC announced that Verizon has come to an agreement
with the SFLC and the BusyBox developers, which enables them to dismiss
the GPL enforcement lawsuit."




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