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..."