October 20, 2003

Linksys routers caught up in open source dispute

Irvine, Calif.-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. has run afoul of the copyright protections of the open source code behind Linux. A number of wireless
networking vendors that use Broadcom's chips in their products are working toward a resolution, but their customers aren't likely to face any
significant repercussions.

The Free Software Foundation, a Boston-based organization that controls licensing for Linux and other open source programs, claims that Broadcom
committed a copyright violation by using open source code in its 802.11g router chipset and not making that code public, said Bradley M. Kuhn,
executive director of the group.

When an organization uses open source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL) instead of paying a licensing fee, it is required to make
that code -- and any derivatives -- available to the public.

Link: searchnetworking.techtarget.com


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