Open source products have emerged as the dominant thyme for some IT development projects due to cost considerations. This rise in alternative IT development can be linked to tensions between creative practices that often involve base acquisitions requiring access to patented and/or copyrighted material and increasingly restrictive intellectual property laws governing access to patented and/or copyrighted material. Nonetheless, open source hardware and software licenses generally are legally enforceable contracts. Thus, utilizing open source hardware and/or software licensing to construct products considered necessary to improve business processes mandates due diligence to ensure legal noncompliance risks are accurately assessed and effectively redressed prior to adoption and deployment.
“View Part I of the Open Source Hardware and Software Licensing series here“