"The topic of licensing might not be the sexiest thing about the
free and open-source software industry. But it is one of the most
important issues, since the license governs exactly what companies
and developers can and cannot do with their software.
"The legal implications of software licenses may also not seem
important to many nontechnical business executives. But the license
essentially dictates what the company can do with its software
going forward, which code it can or cannot be mingled with, and
what patent and other protections are afforded to the user..."