[jdom-interest] JDOM license evaluation

Henry Charlton henryc at nortelnetworks.com
Thu May 17 14:43:00 PDT 2001

I passed the JDOM license onto our corporate legal dept., and got this risk

1. No warranty:  JDOM software is provided "as-is".  If it doesn't work, you
have no recourse.
2. No indemnity:  You have no protection against intellectual property
claims against the JDOM software.  If a patent claim is brought against JDOM
code, <the company> is subject to unlimited liability for infringement.
<the company> may have limited liability clauses with our customers that
might limit our exposure for what we sell, but <the company> faces unlimited
liability for what <the company> makes.  (Commercial code provides <the
company> with indemnities that allow <the company> to escape such liability
to certain extents.)
3. No Support:  Support for JDOM software may become a big problem once a
<the company> product is introduced to market and its design team is
reassigned to other projects. 



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