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Technology, the law and you: Open source software

Fully free and open-source software companies – with their LibreOffices and Hadoops and ClamAVs – give off a distinct whiff of technological savvy. After all, they’re skillful enough to not have to pay software licensing costs. But “free as in beer” isn’t really the point – huge numbers of corporate open-source users opt for paid commercial versions of open-source projects, for simplicity and support. And then there are all those various licenses that protect the openness of the software – GPL, Apache, Eclipse. But the good news is that, with very few exceptions, there aren’t many legal issues for the average ...