|| ||Jim Garrison <garrison-AT-softwarefreedom.org>|
|| ||BusyBox Developers File GPL Infringement Lawsuit Against Verizon
|| ||Fri, 07 Dec 2007 09:00:25 -0500|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BusyBox Developers File GPL Infringement Lawsuit Against Verizon
Lawsuit Claims Verizon Illegally Distributes Open Source Software to
NEW YORK, December 7, 2007 -- The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC)
today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit
against Verizon Communications, Inc. on behalf of its clients, two
principal developers of BusyBox, alleging violation of the GNU General
Public License (GPL). BusyBox is a lightweight set of standard Unix
utilities commonly used in embedded systems and is open source
software licensed under GPL version 2.
Verizon is the provider of a fiber-optic Internet and television
service called FiOS. Verizon distributes Actiontec MI424WR wireless
routers to FiOS customers. This router contains BusyBox, and under the
terms of the GPL, Verizon is obligated to provide the source code of
BusyBox to recipients of the device. According to the lawsuit, Verizon
continues to distribute BusyBox illegally without source code, despite
having been contacted by SFLC.
The complaint requests that an injunction be issued against Verizon
and that damages and litigation costs be awarded to the plaintiffs. A
copy of the complaint, as filed yesterday in the United States
District Court for the Southern District of New York, is available at
"Our clients licensed BusyBox under the GPL to ensure that all users
of the program can access and modify its source code," said Dan
Ravicher, Legal Director of SFLC. "Because Verizon chose not to
respond to our concerns, we had no choice but to file a lawsuit to
ensure that they comply with the GPL."
This is the fourth GPL enforcement lawsuit filed by SFLC on behalf of
BusyBox developers Erik Andersen and Rob Landley. Defendants in
previous cases have included Monsoon Multimedia, High Gain Antennas,
and Xterasys Corporation. The case against Monsoon Multimedia was
settled out of court in October, with Monsoon agreeing to remedy
its prior violation, ensure future compliance, and financially
compensate the plaintiffs.
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 non-profit open source developers and projects.
Visit SFLC at http://www.softwarefreedom.org.
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