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Subcontractors, Meet Open Source

Mar 20, 2008, 03:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

"Now that the recent lawsuit against Verizon by a couple of open source developers has been settled, it's become clear--as some people suspected--that the real offender here wasn't Verizon per se but a subcontractor, Actiontec. I wonder if this will mean a new level scrutiny or contractual stipulations for the way subcontractors are hired to do this kind of work--with one of the possible stipulations being 'no open source,' especially if litigation is a serious risk.

"In the abstract, it's not hard to avoid getting sued by the authors of an open source product for violating the GPL--you just have to follow the rules and provide the source code for whatever you've been using..."

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