Software Freedom Conservancy Sues Consumer Electronics Giants

Lora Bentley

Best Buy, JVC, Samsung, and Westinghouse are among the 14 companies named in a lawsuit filed Monday by the Software Freedom Law Center, InformationWeek reports. The SFLC, on behalf of the Software Freedom Conservancy, alleges the companies violated the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 by selling products containing the conservancy's BusyBox application without releasing the source code.


According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, defendants have been selling several products in violation of the BusyBox license. In a statement on the SFLC Web site, Aaron Williamson said the lawsuit was filed "as a last resort" when each of the defendants either ignored or "failed to meaningfully respond" to the Software Conservancy's requests to release the source code for the products.


The suit is not the first brought by the SFLC on behalf of those who own the rights to software licensed under the GPL. The firm dedicated to preserving software freedom and protecting the rights of open source software developers determined years ago to more agressively pursue those who violate the GPL. Obviously that focus has not changed.

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