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Open source software -- Managing the legal risks

It's a common practice for programmers to find readily available source code on the Internet that can be downloaded and incorporated into the software they are developing. Using open source software (OSS) in this manner can be very efficient. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about OSS, and the legal ramifications that can arise are not so simple.

Full article >>> eat the source code as the crown jewels of their business. A new perspective emerged in the 1980s, when Richard Stallman founded the Free Software Foundation and published a manifesto that expressed his anti-copyright ideology (which he called "copyleft"). He began to develop the high-level elements of a Unix-compatible operating system that would be "open" for all users.

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The Free Software Foundation established by Stallman is alive and well. It monitors violations of the general public license, and if it catches a software developer who has incorporated OSS code under the general public license in its own proprietary software product, the Free Software Foundation will take action. You can read about its compliance program on its web si......

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'"/> By Richard Marcus 09/28/05

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