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Embedded.com: Embedded Linux and the Law

Aug 01, 2002, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Beal, Michael Barr)

"One of the more confusing aspects of the open source phenomenon has been the proliferation of different source code licensing schemes. There are so many different licensing terms, in fact, that if you are considering using multiple pieces of software developed by others in your products, you'll probably want to have an intellectual property lawyer read the license agreement for each such component and advise you how best to proceed.

"Fortunately, if you only want to use Linux, the situation is much more straightforward.

"A common myth is that the use of any piece of open source code, including Linux, requires the user to give away the source code to their own proprietary application. In truth, most open source licenses protect only the borrowed code and do not place any restrictions on other software you might develop for use alongside it..."

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