December 15, 2009, 5:40 am
The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) is taking the gloves off. The SFLC has filed suit against 14 companies, alleging that each of the companies violates the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2). According to the complaint and media release issued Monday, "nearly 20 separate products" ranging from Blu Ray DVD players to LCD TVs, contain BusyBox but the companies do not comply with the terms of the GPL.
Typically the SFLC resolves complaints of this nature without filing a lawsuit, but the media release indicates each of the named parties failed to "meaningfully respond" to the SFLC's requests to release code. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court to be heard by Judge Shira A. Schindlin.