Bradley M. Kuhn of the Software Freedom Law Center (and Software Freedom Conservancy) writes about the evolution of GPL violations
on his blog. Originally, the violations were from vendors shipping free software tools for proprietary UNIX systems, but now violations have mostly moved into the embedded realm. "But, if you produce a mass market product based on BusyBox/Linux, some smart software developer is going to eventually buy one. They are going to get curious, and when they poke, they'll see what you put in there. And, that developer's next email is going to be to me to tell me all about that device. In my ten years of enforcement experience, I find that a company's odds of 'getting away' with a GPL violation are incredibly low. The user community eventually notices and either publicly shames the company (not my preferred enforcement method), or they contact someone like me to pursue enforcement privately and encourage the company in a friendly way to join the FLOSS community rather than work against it.
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