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Out-Law.com: Do You Know the Lineage of Your Software Code?

Jun 12, 2004, 18:00 (8 Talkback[s])


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"Code copying is rife. More than 75% of software developers will reuse blocks of code that were written elsewhere. But it does not automatically follow that they are breaking the law: sometimes copying is done with permission, sometimes no permission is required. The problem for those who employ developers is that they need to understand where the legal boundaries lie.

"A survey conducted by OUT-LAW.COM gauged responses from 3,970 coders. There was a general acknowledgement of the practice of reusing and 'borrowing' code..."

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