Open source compliance: know your obligations
Jul 07, 2010, 19:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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: "One key element of open source compliance is to know
your obligations. There is a lot of confusion about what open
source means exactly and some people believe that open source means
you can do whatever you want. While open source grants users many
freedoms, open source code comes under specific license terms which
often include obligations that have to be followed by companies
distributing open source software.
"Because of recent lawsuits by the Software Freedom Law Center
on behalf of the busybox project and the activities of the
GPL-Violations project, awareness is growing that copyleft licenses
such as the GPL come with obligations. For example, the GPL
requires source code to be offered to those who receive binaries.
The AGPL goes a step further and additionally requires that the
source code be made available to users who interact with the
software over the network."