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Boards Should Not Neglect Open Source Software Compliance

Flaschen David J.S. | July 20, 2004

As directors and executives at U.S. public companies, we’ve all got plenty of items to worry about—risk assessment, internal controls, stock option expensing, and the litany of other governance and compliance issues.

Unfortunately, I’ve just discovered another.

Fortune Magazine recently ran a cover story that discussed SCO Group’s lawsuit against IBM, claiming ownership of portions of the Linux operating system that IBM resells.

Most directors and executives probably assume that the suit is IBM’s problem, right? Nope. Turns out, it’s everyone’s problem.

And it’s a board issue that you shouldn't neglect.

A Quick Briefing

Open Source Software is growing by leaps and bounds, and is finding itself embedded almost everywhere.

And for good reason. Software developers are under tremendous pressure to be productive. And Open Source Software, which is made generally...

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