Un­der­stand li­cences

OpenSource For You - - FOR U & ME -

Li­cences are com­pli­cated, yet it is ex­tremely im­por­tant to be on the le­gal side of things for open source busi­nesses as well. Un­for­tu­nately, peo­ple in the FOSS world tend to take this im­por­tant bit for granted. If you have plans to do busi­ness with OSS, you should mas­ter the finer points of li­cens­ing, or hire some­one who is a mas­ter in this do­main. Mathur ex­plains, “Ide­ally, your tryst with open source tech­nol­ogy can be of three types. You can de­ploy open source so­lu­tions in your or­gan­i­sa­tion, con­sult peo­ple de­ploy­ing open source so­lu­tions in their or­gan­i­sa­tions, or de­velop open source so­lu­tions. Fa­mil­iar­ity with the li­cens­ing pro­ce­dures is ex­tremely im­por­tant in all three cases. If not, you may end up work­ing with OSS plat­forms that have in­com­pat­i­ble li­cences and en­counter le­gal prob­lems at any stage.”

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