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Best Buy, Samsung, and Westinghouse named in copyright infringement case

Firms violated GPLv2 agreement

| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Dec 15, 2009 2:07 pm

Despite the fact that open source software is free, the software does have limitations on how it can be used. Best Buy, Samsung, and Westinghouse along with 11 other companies have been named as defendants in a copyright infringement suit.

 

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The suit was filed in New York City by the Software Freedom Law Center. The SFLC is a pro-bono firm that offers legal assistance to developers of free and open source software. The firm alleges that it has tried to contact the firms named in the suit several times and has been unsuccessful.

 

The suit alleges that the companies are violating the copyright on the Linux BusyBox software. Best Buy uses the software on its Insignia Blu-ray player, Samsung uses it on HDTVs, and Westinghouse uses the software on one of its TVs. Exactly what the plaintiff is after in the suit is unknown.

 

NEWS SOURCES:Softwarefreedom.org

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