Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Sep 2007 17:35 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Legal Monsoon Multimedia, which was subjected to the first US lawsuit on non-compliance with the GPL, has published a press release in which they agree to make any modifications public and thereby complying to the requirements stipulated in the GPL license. "Monsoon Multimedia today announced efforts to fully comply with the GPL. Monsoon is in settlement negotiations with BusyBox to resolve the matter and intends to fully comply with all open-source software license requirements. Monsoon will make modified BusyBox source code publicly available on the company web-site in the coming weeks."
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by binarycrusader on Mon 24th Sep 2007 19:32 UTC
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In a way, this is sad, seeing the GPL tested in US court would have brought further credibility. Settlements, while good, don't prove anything legally.

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RE: Sad
by shykid on Mon 24th Sep 2007 19:54 in reply to "Sad"
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2007-02-22

In a way, this is sad, seeing the GPL tested in US court would have brought further credibility. Settlements, while good, don't prove anything legally.

That's what I thought when I read this, too.

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by apoclypse on Mon 24th Sep 2007 20:03 in reply to "RE: Sad"
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2007-02-17

At the same time it would be catastrophic if it failed in court.

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RE: Sad
by lemur2 on Tue 25th Sep 2007 00:07 in reply to "Sad"
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2007-02-17

In a way, this is sad, seeing the GPL tested in US court would have brought further credibility. Settlements, while good, don't prove anything legally.


I'd look at this the other way. The GPL is shown to have some force behind it. The outcome demonstrates that the GPL is not viral in that Monsoon don't have to reveal all the code in their hava device but rather only the source code for BusyBox. Monsoon get to continue selling their device, demonstrating the GPL software CAN be used happily in commercial devices, so that the GPL is shown to be in no way anti-business.

All in all, IMO a very good outcome in terms of dispelling anti-GPL FUD, and exactly the amicable outcome that is actually desired by software developers when people write GPL code in the first place.

Edited 2007-09-25 00:12

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RE[2]: Sad
by binarycrusader on Tue 25th Sep 2007 01:07 in reply to "RE: Sad"
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I'd look at this the other way. The GPL is shown to have some force behind it.


That's an optimistic view.

I still look at this as the GPL not being proven.

All it will take is someone figuring out a possible loophole, or someone with an axe to grind and we might all be in trouble.

I would feel far more confident in a proven license than one that people were simply afraid of.

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