Subcontractors, Meet Open Source
Mar 20, 2008, 03:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)
"Now that the recent lawsuit against Verizon by a couple of open
source developers has been settled, it's become clear--as some
people suspected--that the real offender here wasn't Verizon per se
but a subcontractor, Actiontec. I wonder if this will mean a new
level scrutiny or contractual stipulations for the way
subcontractors are hired to do this kind of work--with one of the
possible stipulations being 'no open source,' especially if
litigation is a serious risk.
"In the abstract, it's not hard to avoid getting sued by the
authors of an open source product for violating the GPL--you just
have to follow the rules and provide the source code for whatever
you've been using..."