Anderson, et al v. Monsoon Multimedia, Inc.: Out of Court Settlement for First U.S. GPL Lawsuit

monsoonMonsoon Multimedia admitted that it violated the GPLv2 (GNU General Public License version 2), and said it will release its modified BusyBox code in full compliance with the license.

I have always been skeptical of the GPL. In theory it seems good, but in practice I don’t see that it meshes well with sections 101 and 204 of the copyright act. Even so, the original complaint may well be a model for future legal action.

For those of you who need some background, Monsoon Multimedia has uses embedded Linux to build a HAVA DVRs (note: TIVO is also linux based) with with remote multimedia file serving capabilities. Because their boxes allow users to access access live and recorded TV content from broadband-connected laptops from any location, think TIVO + SlingBox (Timeshifting + Placeshifting) in one package, I would think that their legal troubles won’t stop with this GLP violation.

 First U.S. GPL lawsuit heads for quick settlement

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