|| ||Jim Garrison <garrison-AT-softwarefreedom.org>|
|| ||SFLC Files GPL Violation Lawsuit Against Extreme Networks, Inc.|
|| ||Mon, 21 Jul 2008 14:30:28 -0400|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SFLC Files GPL Violation Lawsuit Against Extreme Networks, Inc.
NEW YORK, July 21, 2008 -- The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC)
today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit
against Extreme Networks, Inc. on behalf of its clients, two principal
developers of BusyBox, alleging violation of the GNU General Public
BusyBox is a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities commonly used
in embedded systems and is open source software licensed under 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.
According to the complaint, SFLC contacted Extreme Networks in
February, but the company continues to distribute BusyBox in violation
of the GPL. The complaint requests that an injunction be issued
against the defendant and that damages and litigation costs be awarded
to the plaintiffs. A copy of the complaint, as filed July 17 in the
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, is
available at http://www.softwarefreedom.org/news/2008/jul/21/busybox/
"We attempted to negotiate with Extreme Networks, but they ultimately
ignored us," said Aaron Williamson, SFLC Counsel. "Like too many other
companies we have contacted, they treated GPL compliance as an
afterthought. That is not acceptable to us or our clients."
The lawsuit announced today is the latest in a series of GPL
enforcement lawsuits filed on behalf of BusyBox developers Erik
Andersen and Rob Landley. So far, four cases have resulted in
out-of-court settlements requiring the defendants to distribute source
code in compliance with the GPL.
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.
to post comments)