Open source - is it a risk for your business?
Although there are many benefits to using open source software, Paul Barton, technology partner at law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP explains the legal issues end users must be aware of to avoid trouble.
For many organisations, from SMEs to government departments, the use of open source software (or OSS) is becoming increasingly popular. Lower costs, increased flexibility and, in many cases, better security make it an attractive option for IT departments.
But what are the legal obligations associated with its use?