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SCO Case Unlikely To Void Linux Licences ! - 11/3/2004 12:08:55 PM   
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A top Australian lawyer has said that SCO's case against IBM is unlikely to cause any Linux licences to be invalidated.

Andrew Chalet, who is a partner in the corporate and financial services team at Phillips Fox, said it was likely that SCO would be found to have encouraged its engineers to contribute code to Linux.

Speaking at a seminar on "Legal issues surrounding open source software deployment" in Melbourne this morning he said that the risks in using open source software were similar to using code written by any person, whether in a proprietary project or not, if the code in question infringed another's IP rights.

According to AAP, he added that software patents and copyright will continue to cause software developers both proprietary and open source major headaches over the coming years.


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