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DevX: No Easy Fix for Open Source Licensing Issues

Feb 03, 2005, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glen Kunene)

"The Open Source Initiative (OSI), the non-profit organization that manages the Open Source Definition and certifies open-source licenses, lists nearly 60 approved licenses on its Web site—and at the rate they're currently being added, that tally may increase before you've finished reading this article. The large number of licenses has led to confusion among the developers and companies who use them and rancor among the lawyers who must navigate their legal compatibility. The toughest chore still rests with the OSI itself, however: reining in the proliferation of open source licenses.

"In a public presentation at the OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit here yesterday morning, Lawrence Rosen, an attorney and a computer specialist, offered a sampling of license requests he received via e-mail as general counsel for the OSI..."

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