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No One Understands Licensing

July 6, 2010 7:44:31.431

That's the only conclusion I can draw from this:

OpenLogic's survey found that more than 65 percent of respondents who believed they were not distributing OSS actually were to customers, partners or others. And though 84 percent of all respondents were using OSS in the workplace, only 22 percent were using some sort of tool to determine whether the software they were distributing contained any of that code.

I suspect that the numbers are about the same for all licensing - including code under proprietary licenses. It's just very easy to make copies of anything digital, and the requisite license restrictions are easily lost. That sounds like an argument in favor of DRM, unless you've pondered how useful that's been over time :)

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