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ONLamp: GPL Gets Another Brickbat--But Where Does the Sarbanes-Oxley Problem Really Lie?

Feb 24, 2006, 00:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Oram)

"Honestly, I don't know how thousands of businesses can thrive on free software. They certainly wouldn't if they listened to the software industry experts. First there were all the claims (borne out by some real major failures in the industry during the dot-com bust) that there was no business case for making money on software that everyone could download, run, and freely alter. Now that free software is a well established industry, there comes a white paper by Jay Michaelson of Wasabi Systems, which got reported on by ITManagersJournal.com, NewsForge, and others.

"You're probably expecting me to sneer at Michaelson's paper, but I'm not going to. It's an excellent essay, in my opinion. It describes a real--though very limited--problem. In fact, I think a recognition of this problem may lead to an increase in dual licensing, which will allay many of the fears expressed in the paper..."

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