Xterasys And BusyBox Settle GLP2 Lawsuit
The developers of BusyBox have been launching GPL infringement lawsuits against everyone available and now is the season to cash in. Another company announced its decision to settle the legal matter out of court.
December 19, 2007
The terms of the agreement between the two parties haven't been fully disclosed. However, it is known that Xterasys will stop the distribution of BusyBox until the SFLC confirms that the company is in full compliance with the GPL. In addition, the defendant will also have to pay BusyBox for all the trouble. The sum remains a secret for the time being.
BusyBox is a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities used in embedded systems. The software is licensed under the GPLv2, which allows developers to distribute the application free of charge. However, the same GPLv2 clearly states that third-party users are required to publish the source code for any changes they make.
SFLC stated that the infringing companies are contacted and informed before the lawsuit are being filed.