Does the Verizon settlement give the GPL teeth March 23, 2008Posted by rjdohnert in 1.
Sadly the answer is no. The Verizon settlement did not change anything at all. Verizon settled out of court. The GPL needs to have a definitive WIN, not a settlement.
Companies get sued for everything these days. Hell Starbucks Coffee Company got sued for tips. Companies when dealing with lawsuits must decide which ones are worth fighting and which ones are just cheaper to dispose of.
I am not surprised Verizon settled. In the long run it made sense to them. This isnt a core part of their business. Now if it had attacked a core part of their business they probably wouldnt have settled and fought this and kept it tied up in the courts until the developers of BusyBox were welcoming the birth of their second great grandchild.
In a word this was a non-event. I look forward to the day when the GPL get a definitive, rock solid win in a court of law. Until then, this is business as usual.