Thanks Buck.

I know all of this info was already on the web-site, but I think I just read too much into the questions and began to second-guess myself.

Another area of our concern is if a Vendor is suddenly (for some reason) unable to use the open source code any longer (pirated for example), what would be our exposure? Could we be accused of accepting stolen goods? What happens to the product if, during a dispute, the open source component is no longer available to the Vendor? Will we need to back it out of our own code? Can the functionality change? Will we be (as you mentioned) risking some portion of our own profit just because we made use of the product?

So the risks seem to range the gamut from civil to criminal.

These are the types of things that seem to keep lawyers awake at night...and the points they want handled prior to the introduction of this type of product.

We live in a murky world where people will split hairs for a nickel.



-----Original Message-----
From: wdsci-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:wdsci-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Buck
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 3:52 PM
To: wdsci-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [WDSCI-L] Open Source component list for the RDi Plugin

On 7/6/2010 4:36 PM, Stephen wrote:

In order to allow this open source stuff into the world I work in, I need a bit of info. John Zurich of Softlanding pointed me to this list.

1. Open Source Product Name

SoftLanding RSE Extensions Plug-in for IBM Rational Developer for i

2. Open Source Product Description

RSE Extensions Plug-in for IBM Rational Developer for i

3. Open Source Vendor


The classic reason to ask these questions is because you are making a

'for profit' product and you don't want to inadvertently include some

snippet of open source software that will forever doom your company to

provide the entire source code base for free to the public.

I personally think that's an urban legend, but don't take legal advice

from some comment on the Internet. I think that adding an open source

extension to IBM software is a very different proposition from adding

open source software to your in-house software. That's my opinion of

course, but my boss is a stickler for 100% compliance with software

agreements and he didn't blink when I told him I'd be adding open source

extensions to WDSC.

Good luck, hope to see more of your posts in the future!



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