My friend writes that his company won’t let him “use tools like Tomcat, Eclipse, JUnit, or Ant, unless a vendor provides the software and the vendor indemnifies” his employer. Think about what that might mean at your company.
“How far does this insanity go?,” he asks. Well, since his company “can’t find a vendor that will indemnify PERL, they are seriously talking about removing PERL. Yikes, can you imagine a system admin doing his job without PERL?”
If you can answer his concerns below, please use the talkback to provide advice. His letter continues:
“there have been some issues arising about indemnification
from copyright or patent infringement. If a developer
contributes a piece of software to the Open Source community
that contains intellectual property, and I use that open
source software, am I liable? As far as I know, open-source
licenses do not indemnify me from liability of copyright
1. Is this a real concern? Has anybody heard of a case
where a company has been held liable for using Open Source?
2. Is there a work around for this problem? In other
words, is there a company that will take on the
How do you help him convince his company that it’s safe to use Open Source software?