Top 10 Foss Legal Developments Of 2018
opensouce.com, February 5th, 2019
February 5, 2019,
Volume 251, Issue 1

"Legal issues from the past year will influence free and open source software in 2019 and beyond...

In 2018, we saw a clear demonstration of the free and open source software (FOSS) business model's importance when IBM moved to purchase Red Hat for $34 billion. The FOSS ecosystem also celebrated its durability last year, as the Open Source Initiative (OSI) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the open source movement.

Meanwhile, old legal problems returned. We saw another significant increase in litigation decisions involving FOSS issues, and several of these cases are very important. This increase in litigation is a reminder of the importance of an active compliance program for all corporations that use FOSS (which now means virtually all corporations).

Continuing the tradition of looking back to spot trends that will affect the future, the following are 2018's top 10 legal developments in FOSS..."

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