The landmark lawsuit brought against Monsoon Multimedia by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) on behalf of the two principal developers of BusyBox has come to a close.

The case is significant in that it marks the first time in the United States that a company is taken to court for GPL violations. Previous alleged GPL violations have all been settled by letters from the Free Software Foundation.

According to The Inquirer:

Monsoon uses the BusyBox lightweight set of Unix utilities embedded in its HAVA TV appliances and had initially resisted the BusyBox developers’ demand that it honour the terms of the Gnu General Public Licence version 2 (GPLv2) under which BusyBox was distributed. The GPL requires that distributors provide access to the source code of the software to all recipients.

In exchange for the dismissal, Monsoon agreed to do the following:

  • Appoint a Compliance Officer to prevent future infringements
  • Make the source code available for download from its Web site
  • Make efforts to contact affected users
  • Pay undisclosed damages to the plaintiffs

Additional reading:

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