Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Dec 2009 20:51 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Yesterday, we reported that the Software Freedom Law Center had started a lawsuit against several companies who they claim violated the GPL. The subject of the violation was BusBox, and the SFLC claims it is operating on behalf of the authors of BusyBox. Original BusyBox author Bruce Perens, however, begs to differ.
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RE[5]: Why GPL then?
by umccullough on Wed 16th Dec 2009 16:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Why GPL then?"
umccullough
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If you're a Walmart, just pass all requests/issues to the OEM, and if you're an individual selling something on Ebay, who the hell is ever going to bother to sue anyway? Its not like these lawsuits actually make anyone money! All these lawsuits we've been talking about are with OEMs (knowingly) using embedded Linux in (current) retail products.

Mountain != Mole Hill


Well, I dunno about mole hills here - this is the slippery slope. At what point can a distributor of GPL-enabled products simply say: "Not my fault, go to the OEM" - I believe several of the manufacturers being sued here have in fact already made that excuse (VersaTek claimed their OEM vendor used GPL, and it wasn't their fault).

Since GPL compliance isn't about money, and more about making sure everyone complies for the purpose of ensuring that all users of GPL software retain the freedom to modify it - I can't see how my individual example can be excused as less important because I'm not a Big Corporations. But whatever - I guess this is the same reason that people tend to believe copyright infringement on a small scale is "ok" while copyright infringement on a large scale is "evil".

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