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Groklaw: Plugging the Knowledge Gaps on FOSS Licenses--OSDL Conference

Dec 29, 2004, 17:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

" A lot of you wrote to me about a FUD piece on companies needing to check to make sure they are not violating the GPL and other FOSS licenses by grabbing code they shouldn't. The International Herald Tribune republished the article, putting a headline on it, 'Business users worry that open-source could mean open season for lawyers.' Next, we'll probably find it on Microsoft's 'Get the Facts' page, I expect. FUD on display.

"Companies do need to honor the GPL and other FOSS licenses, but the article put a spin on it, attributing the need to do this to fear SCO might sue over FOSS code, particularly over GPL code. That is so far from plausible, I got a lot of outraged email about it, and properly so..."

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