December 16, 2004

Demystifying common misconceptions about open source, patents and legal liability

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.


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