Vizio Sued Over Use Of Open Source Software

Irvine-based Vizio has been sued over its use of open source software, with a group saying that Vizio should be required to share the source code underlying its televisions, due to their use of General Public License (GPL) software for its Smartcast televisions. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday by the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a nonprofit which supports and defends free software. The group claims Vizio had "repeated failures to fulfill even the most basic requirements" of the license. GPL is the license that popular operating system Linux is based upon. The SFC is not seeking monetary damages, only access to source code that Vizio uses to run its televisions.