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Lessons from the Battle Over UNIX

  • Users of open source software may not be able to defend against a copyright infringement claim if a contribution to the software was infringing.

  • Before releasing software to the open source community, a company needs to make sure that it has the legal rights to do so.

  • A company procuring title to software needs to make sure that the chain of title is clean.

  • Posting source code to a web site will significantly reduce or eliminate any ability to claim trade secret protection for that code

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