Friday, 06 August 2010 10:50

Court orders GPL compliance

By

A court in the US has ordered a company not complying with the terms of the GNU General Public Licence ver 2.0 to stop distributing the software which was putting it in non-compliance and awarded damages to the plaintiffs.


The Software Freedom Conservancy and Erik Anderson, the developer of Busybox, filed the suit against Westinghouse Digital Electronics and 13 others over the distribution of the Busybox utility in HDTV products.

The US district court in the southern district of New York fined Westinghouse $US90,000 and ordered the company to stop shipping Busybox.

According to the judgement, the plaintiffs had informed Westinghouse on September 2 last year about the infringement. No notice was taken and Westinghouse continued to distribute Busybox.

After answering the complaint and complying with initial disclosures, Westinghouse ceased to meet its discovery obligations, the judgement said.

Due to this, on June 3, the plaintiffs moved for a default judgement or summary judgement against Westinghouse which was granted on August 3.

The company has undergone an assignment for the benefit of creditors - an alternative to bankruptcy under California law - and hence the plaintiffs will have to join the list of creditors who are entitled to claims.

Acting on the plaintiffs' request, the court also ordered that all products which have been already loaded with Busybox should be handed over to them for donation to charity.

 

CHIEF DATA & ANALYTICS OFFICER BRISBANE 2020

26-27 February 2020 | Hilton Brisbane

Connecting the region’s leading data analytics professionals to drive and inspire your future strategy

Leading the data analytics division has never been easy, but now the challenge is on to remain ahead of the competition and reap the massive rewards as a strategic executive.

Do you want to leverage data governance as an enabler?Are you working at driving AI/ML implementation?

Want to stay abreast of data privacy and AI ethics requirements? Are you working hard to push predictive analytics to the limits?

With so much to keep on top of in such a rapidly changing technology space, collaboration is key to success. You don't need to struggle alone, network and share your struggles as well as your tips for success at CDAO Brisbane.

Discover how your peers have tackled the very same issues you face daily. Network with over 140 of your peers and hear from the leading professionals in your industry. Leverage this community of data and analytics enthusiasts to advance your strategy to the next level.

Download the Agenda to find out more

DOWNLOAD NOW!

Sam Varghese

website statistics

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

VENDOR NEWS & EVENTS

REVIEWS

Recent Comments