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The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that agreements have been reached to dismiss the GPL enforcement lawsuit filed by SFLC against Verizon Communications Inc. on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox. Verizon distributes BusyBox to its FiOS customers in devices that are provided to Verizon by Actiontec Electronics, Inc.

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance free and open source software, today published a paper that considers the legal implications of Microsoft’s Open Specification Promise (OSP) and explains why it should not be relied upon by developers concerned about patent risk.

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today published a legal guide which acts as an in-depth introduction to the legal issues surrounding FOSS.

The guide, written by members of SFLC’s staff, covers a variety of legal topics and their practical application to free software development. These topics include copyrights and licensing, organizational structure, patents, and trademarks.

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging the committee to reconsider the current state of S.1145, a bill which would eliminate the public’s ability to request an ex parte request for re-examination of a patent.

“Ex parte re-examination is the sole effective means whereby the public interest can be protected against long-standing erroneous determinations by the PTO that can have far-reaching deleterious social effects,” says the letter written by Eben Moglen, Founding Director of SFLC.

Click here to download the full text of the letter (PDF)

Earlier this week, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) released a document that explains and clarifies the meaning of the term “Program” in the GNU General Public License, version 3 (GPLv3).

This document is an outcome of an ongoing collaboration between SFLC and the FSF to provide resources to the public, particularly commercial vendors and users of free software, about FSF’s copyleft licenses.

Richard Fontana, an attorney at SFLC, worked closely with Richard Stallman, president of the FSF, in drafting the document.

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Verizon Communications, Inc. on behalf of its clients, two principal developers of BusyBox, alleging violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL). BusyBox is a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities commonly used in embedded systems and is open source software licensed under GPL version 2.

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