Lawyers will always find things to worry about. Not because you should worry but because they don't get paid otherwise.

Couple of things to consider.

1) RDp itself is based on open source (Eclipse) so you are already taking all of the supposed "risks" just by using it with or without the plug ins.

2) The Apache web server you use on IBM i is open source - same things apply.

This really is a no-op that serves no purpose than to allow lawyers to line their pockets.


Jon Paris

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On Jul 7, 2010, at 9:36 AM, wdsci-l-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

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.


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