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Open Source Software In M&A Transactions

Law360 (March 6, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- * Introduction *

From general ledger systems to warehouse management applications, businesses large and small are dependent on information technology. As a result, understanding the license rights underlying such technology is a critical component of the due diligence process in every merger and acquisition transaction. The considerable growth of open source software has further complicated that analysis. This article explains the meaning of “open source” software, highlights the risks and benefits of using such software, and provides suggestions for managing these risks in the specific context...
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