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CNET News: Shoring Up Software is New Group's Aim

May 18, 2002, 01:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wylie Wong)

"The open-source software community is already raising concerns about the licensing terms for the technology resulting from the SCC's efforts, Guttman said. Open-source describes a collaborative method of developing software by freely sharing programming code, with no single company owning the rights.

"But Carnegie Mellon, like most universities, owns the intellectual property of its research, he said. Each member of the consortium can use future technology, such as testing tools, for its own internal use. But they are subject to royalty payments to the college if they want to include the testing tools in their software products, he said.

"'The open-source community has made great contributions to software development, and they have expressed their concerns,' Guttman said. 'We're engaged in discussions to accommodate the open-source community. It's difficult but not impossible...'

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