The dangers of choosing the wrong open source software license

With more than 1,000 variations in existence, how do you know which open source software license is best for your organization?

There's more to developing applications with open source software than just downloading distribution and building applications under the assumption that the associated software license will fit your business needs. And while most open source software can be embraced without fearing the worst, the reality is that there are, indeed, hidden dangers in many open source software licenses. If you misunderstand and use open source software incorrectly, it can result in lawsuits and cease and desist letters.

With over a thousand different open source software licenses in existence today, how does an organization choose the correct one? That's the topic Dave Gruber (@davegruber5), the director of product marketing at Black Duck Software Inc., helps clarify for us in this interview with TheServerSide.

 

This was first published in February 2013

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