Sunday, November 04, 2007

BusyBox Developers settle GPL Lawsuit against Monsoon Multimedia

You had to know this was going to happen, although it would have been nice if the GPL were finally proven in court. Perhaps the fact that it has not speaks to the thought that went into the GPL's development over the years. One thing I've noticed about these lawsuits - they are rare. Most cases are settled without an actual legal filing. It's safe to say that free software authors want to write code, not file lawsuits, so I'm guessing the number of frivolous GPL lawsuits is close to non-existent. Clearly the defendant's attorneys are always recommending a settlement rather than a (likely) loss in court.

Update: You can read some interesting commentary on this case at the following blogs:

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