BusyBox Developers and Xterasys Corporation Agree to Settle GPL Lawsuit

Dec 17, 2007, 00:00 ET from Software Freedom Law Center

    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
 of SFLC.
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