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Walli: When Are You Going to Sue Your Customers?

Jan 26, 2005, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen R. Walli)

"A lot of noise is made about open source software (OSS) and intellectual property (IP) and the risk inherent in large enterprises using OSS. The high tech headlines are full of news of the SCO Group suit against IBM, large vendors like Microsoft offering unlimited indemnifications against IP suits while claiming people will likely be sued over OSS, and the like.

"The rhetoric follows the logic:

  • "OSS developers may be trespassing on all sorts of patents.
  • "OSS developers obviously (sic) don't care about property.
  • "Customers using OSS therefore run the risk of patent infringement suits..."

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