Two new alleged license violations against Busybox

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has filed another two cases on behalf of BusyBox developers Erik Andersen and Rob Landley against High Gain Antennas, LLC of Parker, Calif., and Xterasys Corp. of City of Industry, Calif. The cases follow a similar case against Monsoon Multimedia, which was recently settled out of court.

BusyBox is a free software project that produces small footprint versions of standard Unix utilities. Widely used in embedded systems, it has also been the frequent victim of violations of the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2). In fact, the project once maintained a Hall of Shame listing more than 18 products or companies that apparently violated the project's license.

More recently, as the Hall of Shame page says, instead of hoping to shame violators into compliance, "these days we forward this sort of thing to the Software Freedom Law Center." However, since the project is not a legal entity, Andersen and Landley have filed the recent cases as individuals on behalf of the project.