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First U.S. GPL Lawsuit Heads for Quick Settlement

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes | about 7 years ago

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DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "The first U.S. GPL-related lawsuit appears to be headed for a quick out-of-court settlement. Monsoon Multimedia admitted today that it had violated the GPLv2 (GNU General Public License version 2), and said it will release its modified BusyBox code in full compliance with the license. Monsoon Multimedia has stated that it is currently in settlement negotiations with the BusyBox project to resolve the matter without going to court. The product at the heart of the lawsuit, filed by SFLC, is the Hava, a place- and time-shifting TV recorder that is based on Linux and includes BusyBox in its embedded software stack."

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Monsoon's official statement on the GPL issue (1)

Digital Larry (1152563) | about 7 years ago | (#20749257)

Dear members of the free software community:

Monsoon Multimedia manufactures and sells through various channels a product known generically as "HAVA", a video time and place shifting device. The hardware box itself runs the Linux operating system, the licensing of which is governed by the GNU Public License (GPL).

Monsoon Multimedia is a small company, whose employees work hard to develop new products, develop new functionality for and fix issues in existing products to help satisfy our paying customers and corporate stakeholders. Along the way, we have unwittingly neglected to honor the terms of the GPL which requires us to obtain permission from the copyright holders of any software component for which we have modified the code in order to deliver our product. Additionally, we are obligated to publish the GPL code we have used and modified so that all others can benefit from our efforts, and up to now we have failed to do so.

We wish at this point to apologize for this oversight, both to the copyright holders of the code which we have used and modified, and to the free software community in general. We take full responsibility for these actions. We fully endorse the concepts of free software. We are now working closely with the copyright holders to make sure that our obligations under the GPL are met in full measure.

Please see our press release on the topic. []

The press release only mentions Busybox, as they brought the lawsuit, generating some sense of urgency on that particular module, but we will follow through on all necessary obligations under the GPL.


Gary Worsham
Senior Director of Program Management
Monsoon Multimedia

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