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Law.com Article Spins Old Confusions into New "Danger"

Jun 10, 2008, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Williamson)

"Law.com recently ran a sensationalist piece by Edmund J. Walsh warning of the impending 'dangerous real world business dispute' in store for any for-profit company that uses free software. Walsh points to lawsuits filed by SFLC on behalf BusyBox as a source of this danger, and having worked on those lawsuits, I hope I can provide a helpful counterpoint.

"The article claims that until the first BusyBox lawsuit, the free and open source software (FOSS) movement has presented nothing more than 'a philosophical debate about the proper place for software in society.' But copyright licenses have been used to give freedom to users for almost as long as the concept of 'free software' has existed..."

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