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Open source developers sue makers of Hava placeshifter

by Brad Linder, posted Sep 20th 2007 5:00PM
Hava Wirless HDIt's no secret that a lot of consumer electronics devices, including TiVo and Monsoon Multimedia's Hava place-shifting device are built using Linux and open source software. It's powerful, stable, and most importantly, available. The open source community has developed a wealth of code that developers can draw from in order to build robust consumer oriented products.

But while the software is often free, meaning you can use it without paying, it's also free as in speech. In other words, once you incorporate code that has been published under the General Public License, you have to allow others to see the source code for your device. And that's not something a lot of companies like to do. You know, trade secrets and all.

So when the folks that developed the open source BusyBox software, which is used in the Hava, asked Monsoon Multimedia for a peek at the company's source code and Monsoon failed to comply, two open source developers filed suit against the company.

This is apparently the first time anyone has filed a copyright infringement suit in the US involving an alleged violation of the General Public License. It should be interesting to see if the case goes to court where it could set precedent, or if Monsoon Multimedia decides to settle out of court.

[via CNet]

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Loren

If they did not comply with the open source license then they need to be sued. Period.

September 23 2007 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Barker

Wow. What can I say to comment. How about, who cares? Or, get a life?

September 22 2007 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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