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The Star: Open Source Still Faces Open Legal Questions

Mar 10, 2004, 11:30 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by H. Amir Khalid)

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"Open source software has many positive aspects, but there are legal downsides too.

"Anyone may contribute to open source software (OSS) development as long as they share the fruits of their efforts, and so proponents claim OSS evolves faster than the proprietary kind. No one party claims ownership, so there is no one to extract exorbitant licence fees from the user community.

"But on the downside, nobody owns it.

"If there was no one to claim an owner’s entitlements, there was also no one to carry out an owner’s responsibilities, according to lawyer Deepak Pillai..."

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