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Linux Vendors Should Protect Their Users! - 8/16/2004 7:19:28 AM   


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Many commercial software vendors—IBM, Microsoft and Sun among them—have faced software patent claims. So it should come as no surprise that Linux is also susceptible to claims of patent infringement. Given the sorry state of the U.S. patent system, any technology—be it a standard commercial product or an open-source application—could face a damaging patent claim.

However, recent findings by Open Source Risk Management, an insurer focused on open-source liability, that Linux could be threatened by 283 issued patents does point out a potential problem for corporate users of Linux distributions. Unlike most commercial software vendors, no Linux vendor currently provides customers with the assurance that it will assist in a legal defense if a customer is hit with a patent infringement suit.
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