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BusyBox Developers and High-Gain Antennas Agree to Dismiss GPL Lawsuit

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The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and High-Gain Antennas today jointly announced that an agreement has been reached to dismiss the GPL enforcement lawsuit filed by SFLC on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox.

BusyBox is a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities commonly used in embedded systems and is open source software licensed under GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2. One of the conditions of the GPL is that re-distributors of BusyBox are required to ensure that each downstream recipient is provided access to the source code of the program. High-Gain Antennas uses BusyBox in several of its wireless connectivity devices.

As a result of the plaintiffs agreeing to dismiss the lawsuit and reinstate High-Gain Antennas' rights to distribute BusyBox under the GPL, High-Gain Antennas has agreed to appoint an Open Source Compliance Officer within its organization to monitor and ensure GPL compliance, to publish the source code for the version of BusyBox it previously distributed on its Web site, and to undertake substantial efforts to notify previous recipients of BusyBox from High-Gain Antennas of their rights to the software under the GPL. The settlement also includes an undisclosed amount of financial consideration paid by High-Gain Antennas to the plaintiffs.

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