[jdom-interest] JDOM license evaluation
bob at werken.com
Thu May 17 15:28:52 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.
True of all open-source software.
Also, it seems to match Nortel's own open-source license, a copy
of which is located:
> 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.)
I can't really address that.
> 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.
You can always just bring the JDOM sources in-house, and
consider it your own software, to support as any other
software you write.
Or, consider jdom-interest a support channel.
Really, all of these points are true of open-source software,
regardless of which project you are specifically speaking of.
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