Legal issues for free and open source software in government

TitleLegal issues for free and open source software in government
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSuzor, N, Fitzgerald, B, Perry, M
Secondary TitleOSS2007: Open Source Development, Adoption and Innovation (IFIP 2.13)
Pagination353 - 354
Date Published2007///
ISSN Number978-0-387-72485-0

As more governments begin to adopt and release free and open source software, it is important to be able to readily recognise and identify the associated legal risks and potential liabilities. This panel will examine and discuss the most common of these associated risks and liabilities. These issues include, but are not limited to:

indemnities against claims of intellectual property infringement from third parties
requirements of consumer protection and antitrust legislation
obligations to redistribute source, and when they arise
enforceability of free software licences
layering and combining of licences
licence incompatibility
software patent liability
contemporary developments in software licensing

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