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Finding the Right Open-Source Savvy Lawyer

Apr 07, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"Some days, like it or not, you need a lawyer. For most business purposes, picking the right law firm isn't usually that big of a deal.

"Chances are you already have at least an idea of how to find a contract lawyer, a tax law specialist or a real-estate attorney. But what if your programmers are using open-source code that's licensed under two different licenses? What if you're concerned with how a patent might affect open-source software your company is already using? Or let's say a company based in Utah decides that you've put its proprietary code into Linux, who do you turn to then? Now, what should you be looking for in a law firm...?"

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