BusyBox Creators Settle GPL Lawsuit

Lora Bentley

Creators of the BusyBox open source utility have reached a settlement with Xterasys over claims the tech manufacturer violated the terms of the GNU General Public License, under which BusyBox is released. Developers Erik Andersen and Rob Landley argued Xterasys used BusyBox without releasing the source code.


According to InformationWeek, a Software Freedom Law Center statement says the settlement requires Xterasys to pay Andersen and Landley "an undisclosed sum," to release the code in question, and to hire an "open source compliance officer." The SFLC has filed four lawsuits on behalf of Andersen and Landley.


Most recently, the SFLC brought suit against Verizon, alleging the telecom provider uses BusyBox in certain routers without releasing the source code. The story says Verizon has not responded to the complaint.

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