Collaborative GPL Enforcement Through Non-Profit Entities

Bradley M. Kuhn

Thursday 1 May 2014

My History

How GPL Works (Theoretically)

How GPL Works (In Reality)

Complexity of Modern Enforcement

Who Reports Violations?

Community Enforcement


What Conservancy Strives to Avoid

What’s CCS?

Coalition of the Willing

WRT54G Begat OpenWRT

Embedded Violations Prevalent

Samsung: A Success Story

Why Do Violations Happen?

The Upstream Problem

When I said that I was king of forwards, you got to understand that I don’t come up with this stuff. I just forward it along. You wouldn’t arrest a guy who was just passing drugs from one guy to another.

— Michael Scott, The Office (USA Version)

Suppliers Bully OEMs, AFAICT

What Can You Do About This?

What Can You Do About This? (0)

What Can You Do About This? (1)

What Can You Do About This? (2)

What Can You Do About This? (3)

Historical BusyBox Enforcement

Just Look Busy!

Busybox is arguably the most litigated piece of GPL software in the world. … Litigants have sometimes requested remedies outside the scope of busybox itself…

Tim Bird of Sony Corporation, in January 2012

Denys, The Voice of Reason

Garrett, Linux’s Freedom Fighter

Expanding the Coalition

The Great Queue

Linux’s GPL Elephant

Linux’s GPL Elephant

Biggest Way You Can Help

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