Software Freedom Conservancy sues Vizio for source code
By using and modifying open source software and not making its source code publicly available, Vizio violated two public licenses, says the complaint filed Tuesday by SFC in Orange County, California.
SFC is an advocate for developers of open source software projects. In a statement, he said: “the first legal case to focus on the rights of individual consumersAs the licensees. The association’s sponsors are Red Hat, Mozilla and Google.
SFC’s complaint alleges that Vizio used software covered by two general public license agreements. The software was reportedly used in its SmartCast platform to stream content from services like Google’s Chromecast to its TVs. However, the SFC claims that Vizio has not made its source code publicly available. Under licensing, software is intended to be both publicly available and modifiable.
SFC said: “Deep in their hearts is a simple affair. Recipients of the licensed software have the right to use, review, modify, adapt, and improve the software as they see fit. In exchange, recipients must allow their licensees “ Do the same thing.
However, in its complaint, the SFC maintains that Vizio has “took full advantage of the rights granted by these agreements but refuses to let others benefit from the same rights. “
The SFC asked the court for an order compelling Vizio to share the code.