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Computerworld NZ: Legal Risks of Open Source Under Scrutiny

Nov 26, 2003, 09:00 (27 Talkback[s])
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"Apart from issues such as copyright claims over Unix code in Linux, problems could also arise through the application of the open systems' general public licence (GPL) to software derived from an open source product but which includes elements the developer wants to protect, says a lawyer.

"David McGuinness, of law firm Simpson Grierson, told an audience at the GOVIS conference of government IT managers that the unique and 'non-legalistic' nature of the open source licence and the lack of specific legal test cases create uncertainty.

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