"Most of us are afraid of getting infected with a virus, whether
it comes from a common cold or an attachment in our e-mail. Are
open-source licenses viral in nature? Can they infect downstream
users? The question is the subject of considerable debate.
"Companies refer to open-source software as 'potentially viral
software' in the end-user licenses that accompany their proprietary
software. The end-user license includes limitations against using
the proprietary software with open-source licensed software. On the
other hand, advocates of open-source licensing argue that drafters
of those end-user licenses have a vested interest in creating fear
of using open-source software..."
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