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Open Source Journal on Ulitzer In 2008, the open source community saw the year end with a headline-catching lawsuit, the Free Software Foundation files suit against Cisco for General Public License (GPL) violations. Not to be outdone, 2009 also ended with a bang. Best Buy, Samsung, JVC and 11 other consumer electronics companies were named in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed on December 14, 2009, by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) on behalf of the Software Freedom Conservancy. The scope of this lawsuit is unprecedented as it includes 14 defendants. The suit alleges that the defendants have distributed products containing the Software Freedom Conservancy's product BusyBox in violation of the terms of its GPL Version 2 license (the General Public License Version 2 superseded Version 1 in 1991, and is still widely used despite the creation of Version 3 i... (more)