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Best Buy, Samsung and 12 Other Companies Sued Over Alleged BusyBox Open Source Violations

  • December 16, 2009
  • By Developer.com Staff

More than a dozen consumer electronics companies are being sued for alleged open source license violations involving BusyBox.

On Monday, the Software Freedom Law Center filed a suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Best Buy, JVC, Samsung, Westinghouse and 10 other consumer electronics companies for allegedly violating GNU Public License when they manufactured and sold products using open source BusyBox software without releasing the source code too.

"We brought this suit as a last resort after each of these defendants ignored us or failed to meaningfully respond to our requests that they release the source code," said Software Freedom Law Center lawyer Aaron Williamson.

The Software Freedom Law Center is a law firm established in 2005 to provide pro-bono legal services to free and open source software developers.

The BusyBox lawsuit was brought by SFLC on behalf of the Software Freedom Conservancy, the non-profit corporate home of BusyBox and Erik Andersen. Andersen is a BusyBox principal developer and copyright holder.


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