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Yahoo!: Attorney Clarifies Latest Open Source Myths Following Govt Guidance, Microsoft Posturing

Dec 15, 2004, 19:45 (4 Talkback[s])

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"Recent guidance by a Federal advisory council on the use of Open Source software (OS), along with saber rattling from Microsoft Corp. alleging that over 200 software patents are used in the Linux operating system, have raised fresh concerns over the legal risks for companies using or switching to OS software according to intellectual property lawyers at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP.

"'It is crucial that end-users and developers alike understand the reality of legal implications and patent issues surrounding OS software,' says James Gatto, an intellectual property partner in the Northern Virginia office of Pillsbury Winthrop. 'However, it is important that people not fall prey to unfounded myths or succumb to the fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) tactics that some people say Microsoft is using...'"

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