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ekkoBSD: Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in Open Source Software

Sep 25, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Since March 9, 2003 there has been a great deal of discussion about protection of intellectual property rights in Linux (an open source operating system kernel). While a lawsuit over the contents of one project should not dictate opinions of a whole range of software, Linux has become the poster child of the open source model of software development, and allegations about the development of Linux will likely affect popular opinion about open source software in general. There have been numerous responses to the allegations of SCO as they attempt to gain support for their lawsuit against IBM, most have been specific to Linux and many have consisted primarily of commentary on the case in general.

"This document will attempt to address the allegations that have been made about intellectual property in open source software, without limiting the scope of applicability to Linux. This is difficult, though not impossible, as the majority of remarks made have been vague and slanderous. In addition, a contrast will be provided, where possible, with equivalent issues in proprietary and closed source software. No attempt will be made to refute the basis of the lawsuit filed by SCO, nor will the rationale of the arguments presented by SCO be examined, since both of these points have been discussed at length elsewhere..."

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