The Hidden Risk Of Open Source Software: The Law

Law360, New York (March 7, 2017, 2:24 PM EST) -- The legal profession has an old saying: Ignorance of the law is no defense. Yet, software companies, their general counsels and the law firms that advise them are often unaware of the open source components in their software, and their corresponding compliance status.

As much as 50 percent of the code used in all software is comprised of open source software. While open source provides a high quality way for software developers to be more agile and efficient, there is also a hidden risk: the law.

While open source components are, by definition, free of cost and available for anyone to...

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