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ZDNet: Attribution May Matter (in Open Source Licensing)...

Nov 30, 2006, 02:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"Just before the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, I wrote about how a handful of vendors including customer relationship management solution provider SugarCRM were distributing software under licenses that they claimed to be open source licenses, but that don't appear on the Open Source Initiative's (OSI) official list of approved open source licenses.

"Since 1998 when the OSI was first formed, the technology industry has generally recognized it as the keeper of the definition of open source (known as the Open Source Definition or OSD) as well as the consortium that ratifies certain software licenses such as the GNU General Public License (GPL) and the Mozilla Public License (MPL) as open source licenses: ones that conform to the OSD..."

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