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CNET News: IBM Should Indemnify Open-Source Customers

Oct 27, 2003, 10:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julie Giera)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"IBM is giving its customers the blues by asking them to assume financial and legal risk with its open-source software--that's after those same customers have already shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars for the code.

"So far, Big Blue has refused to assume liability for its customers on intellectual property infringements for any of the company's applications or systems that are developed on open-source platforms. That's unfair to customers.

"Indemnification against copyright infringement litigation has long been a part of information technology services and software contracts, until the advent of open-source platforms. Now, some companies, most notably IBM, have refused to assume liability for any application suite--such as WebSphere--that has been developed on an open-source platform or any application suite that uses open-source components..."

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