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Software Freedom Conservancy Wins GPL Case Against Westinghouse 225

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the do-the-dance-of-joy dept.
fishthegeek writes "The Software Freedom Conservancy has received a judgement against Westinghouse Digital Electronics for $90,000 in damages, $50,000 in costs plus a donation of all of the offending HDTV's that were using BusyBox in violation of the GPL. Given that WDE is nearly bankrupt it's likely that most if not all of the cash will disappear in a legal 'poof,' but it is a victory regardless."
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Software Freedom Conservancy Wins GPL Case Against Westinghouse

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 05, 2010 @09:02AM (#33148948)

    "de fault" the two sweetest words in the English language.

    Homer Simpson

  • by AceJohnny (253840) <jlargentayeNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday August 05, 2010 @09:06AM (#33148984) Journal

    plus a donation of all of the offending HDTV's that were using BusyBox

    Huh, WDE has to give away their HDTVs? Where do I sign up?

    To clear things up a little, from TFA:

    SFC has also secured the right to compel Westinghouse to hand over all unsold products loaded with BusyBox for donation to charity.

    That sounds cool, but the cynic in me believes that won't happen for a variety of reasons ("we don't have any unsold products! The last ones went on eBay for 1$ each!")

  • Re:Confused (Score:4, Funny)

    by Chris Burke (6130) on Thursday August 05, 2010 @09:12AM (#33149044) Homepage

    I know! Distinguishing between different situations is so hard! It strains my brain cell.

  • Re:Confused (Score:3, Funny)

    by Chris Burke (6130) on Thursday August 05, 2010 @11:04AM (#33150148) Homepage

    Have a beer. That should take care of that final, pesky cell.

    Believe me, there have been many such attempts on its life, and it has survived them all and come out stronger and more resilient. Following the Cliff Clavin Theory of Drinking, this is the most lean, efficient, and bad-ass brain cell in history. It is equal to a hundred normal brain cells. If my brain was a computer simulation, it would be The One.

    It's still just one lonely brain cell though. Back to trying to kill it with beer!

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