Computerworld NZ: Legal Risks of Open Source Under Scrutiny
Nov 26, 2003, 09:00 (27 Talkback[s])
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"Apart from issues such as copyright claims over Unix code in
Linux, problems could also arise through the application of the
open systems' general public licence (GPL) to software derived from
an open source product but which includes elements the developer
wants to protect, says a lawyer.
"David McGuinness, of law firm Simpson Grierson, told an
audience at the GOVIS conference of government IT managers that the
unique and 'non-legalistic' nature of the open source licence and
the lack of specific legal test cases create uncertainty.