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Protecting Against Open Source Legal Risks

Despite the popularity of open-source software, chances are you don’t know how widely this software has penetrated your company—and you likely aren’t aware of the substantial risks involved. Perhaps the issue doesn’t seem like a big problem. By its very nature, open-source software is supposed to be freely available, modifiable, and shareable. Think again. In March 2003, the SCO Group filed a $1 billion lawsuit against IBM, claiming that Big Blue infringed its intellectual-property rights in Linux, the most popular open-source operating system. Last month, a federal judge gave the SCO Group until Jan. 23 to produce evidence supporting its claim against IBM. As part of this battle, SCO is threatening direct litigation against users of Linux. What’s worse, the SCO lawsuit likely represents just the beginning of potential litigation involving open-source software. Full Story

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