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Is open source a threat to businesses legally?

When it comes to intellectual property, McAfee warns that open source may be more of a threat to businesses.

When it comes to intellectual property, McAfee warns that open source may be more of a threat to businesses.

An excerpt from PC World:

"To the extent we utilize 'open source' software we face risks," McAfee said in its 10-K annual report, filed at the end of December.

The company said its ability to commercialize products could be harmed because of "ambiguous" open source license terms that could result in "unanticipated or uncertain obligations regarding our products."

The cases mentioned include Skype and Verizon, who are both facing lawsuits concerning GPLed code in proprietary products.

Proprietary and GPLed code combinations may prove to be quite a lot for companies, but does that make open source a threat to businesses? What about all the benefits they derive from the collective innovation in open-source code?

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