[CS-FSLUG] Wonderful!

Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Thu Aug 5 18:42:46 CDT 2010

BusyBox and the GPL Prevail Again - Updated 2Xs  Tuesday, August 03 2010
@ 01:58 PM EDT
I thought you'd want to hear about what's just happened in the /Software
Freedom Conservancy v. Best Buy, et al/ case. It's another BusyBox case
regarding infringement of the GPL, mostly about high definition
televisions with BusyBox in them, and while the case is not finished
regarding other defendants, it's certainly set another precedent. One of
the defendants was Westinghouse Digital Technologies, LLC, which refused
to participate in discovery. It had applied for a kind of bankruptcy
equivalent in California. Judge Shira Scheindlin of the Southern
District of New York has now granted Software Freedom Conservancy, a
wing <http://conservancy.softwarefreedom.org/> of Software Freedom Law
Center, triple damages ($90,000) for willful copyright infringement,
lawyer's fees and costs ($47,685), an injunction against Westinghouse,
and an order requiring Westinghouse to turn over all infringing
equipment in its possession to the plaintiffs, to be donated to charity.
So, presumably a lot of high-def TVs are on their way to charities.


"Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it 
tougher for sober people to own cars." - Unknown

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