Is it really that hard to follow the GPL?

Posted by Julie188 on Sep 24, 2010 4:18 AM EDT
Network World's Open Source Subnet; By Stephen Walli
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We seem to be seeing a rise again in the discussions surrounding free and open source software licensing complexity, and the fear that open source may "infect" or "taint" your software. Just yesterday I received email from a marketing department of yet another company with source scanning tools that ensure against open source “contamination” and “unclean IP”. Let’s get a few things out of the way. This is not an open source problem. If you program in C++ and have third-party ISV library code available, then someone could inadvertently copy source code. Or remove a copyright notice. On top of that, managing a complex sourcing of software is not that difficult.

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