BusyBox violation suits under the Chanukah bush

Given the fact that defendants have had plenty of notice, yet didn't notice, the hope is that eventually some serious damages might be negotiated so we can move on to something else.

It is better to give than to receive.

So this year the Software Freedom Law Center is giving the gift of employment to some defense attorneys, filing GPL violation law suits against Best Buy, Samsung, Westinghouse, and 11 other companies over Busybox, the "Swiss Army Knife" of embedded applications originally written by Bruce Perens and now listing Erik Andersen as lead author. (Denis Vlasenko is listed as the current maintainer.)

The case was filed in New York state. (Note to readers. The headline originally read Christmas tree, but Christmas isn't until a week from Friday. Chanukah started last weekend. Lay that dreidel down, boys.)

Press reaction is muted probably because we have seen this movie before. Past suits have all had the same conclusion. Vendors went "oops" and settled, usually quite quickly.

Given the fact that defendants have had plenty of notice, yet didn't notice, the hope is that eventually some serious damages might be negotiated so we can move on to something else.

Perhaps the SFLC can make that a New Years' resolution. Lead attorney Daniel Ravicher (above) can probably use a new car. Or a haircut. Or something. A little Chanukah gelt.

What would you award in this case?

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