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Computerworld Australia: Linux Insurance Raises Eyebrows

Apr 20, 2004, 17:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Madeleine Acey)

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"The New York-based firm, which launched its first offering Monday, said that vendor-neutral open-source insurance would protect users against third party claims. It said the 'terrible vulnerability' of shared ownership software could cost the hapless user US$150,000 a pop or US$3 million in legal defense fees if sued for patent infringement.

"But the scary prospects put forward by the new company have not been well received. Comments on message boards about the offering conclude that users cannot be liable for copyright infringement as they haven't copied anything. Only the vendor would be liable..."

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