NEW YORK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Software Freedom Law
Center, provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and
Open Source Software (FOSS), today announced that it has settled the GPL
violation lawsuit filed on behalf of BusyBox developers Erik Andersen and
Rob Landley against Xterasys Corporation.
BusyBox is a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities commonly used
in embedded systems and is open source software licensed under the GNU
General Public License (GPL) version 2. One of the conditions of the GPL is
that re-distributors of BusyBox are required to ensure that each downstream
recipient is provided access to the source code of the program. Many
Xterasys networking products include BusyBox, but the company did not
provide source code to its users as required under the GPL, so SFLC filed a
copyright infringement lawsuit against the company.
As a result of the settlement, Xterasys has agreed to cease all binary
distribution of BusyBox until SFLC confirms it has published complete
corresponding source code on its Web site. Once SFLC verifies that the
complete source code is available, Xterasys' full rights to distribute
BusyBox under the GPL will be reinstated.
Additionally, Xterasys has agreed to appoint an internal Open Source
Compliance Officer to monitor and ensure GPL compliance, and to notify
previous recipients of BusyBox from Xterasys of their rights to the
software under the GPL. Xterasys will also pay an undisclosed amount of
financial consideration to the plaintiffs.
"Although we regret that we had to file a lawsuit, we are pleased that
Xterasys will now comply with the GPL," said Dan Ravicher, Legal Director
About the Software Freedom Law Center
The Software Freedom Law Center -- directed by Eben Moglen, one of the
world's leading experts on copyright law as applied to software -- provides
legal representation and other law-related services to protect and advance
Free and Open Source Software. The Law Center is dedicated to assisting
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