Computerworld: Closing Open-Source Gaps by Developing a Policy
Nov 28, 2006, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Radcliffe)
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"Open-source software is becoming ubiquitous, but companies need
to be aware that its use must be carefully managed. Even Microsoft
has admitted the attractiveness of this business model through its
engagement with open-source companies such as SugarCRM Inc.and Zend
Inc. Problems can arise because many open-source licenses require
that users who incorporate open-source code in their software must
make their code available for free (at reproduction cost), permit
modifications of the software and permit redistribution without
charging a fee.
"These obligations could dramatically decrease the value of
commercial software that incorporates open source. And the scope of
these obligations is both extensive and unclear..."