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Linux legal protection

Antony Savvas

Two UK insurance companies have teamed up with a New York risk assessor to offer firms cover against legal action as a result of using open source software.

SCO is currently in the process of suing large enterprises and suppliers over alleged intellectual property infringements in relation to Linux use and distribution.

Underwriters Kiln and Miller Insurance Services have joined forces with risk assessor Open Source Risk Management to offer legal protection covering up to £5.8m in damages for non-compliance with open source licences.

Used by smaller developers to distribute code, open source licences are also increasingly issued by the likes of Novell, Sun, IBM and Computer Associates to cover certain products.


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