Open Source Software Ruling Will Have Big Impact

Law360, New York (September 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has ruled in the much-watched case Jacobsen v. Katzer, No. 2008-1001 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 13, 2008), which turned on whether violating an open source licensing agreement should be considered copyright infringement.

This ruling will have a significant impact on the use of open source software, as many companies use open source software --even those who think they don't.

The temptation to incorporate it into a company's products is great because open source software is readily available via...
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