Intellectual Property Insurance for the Wary Enterprise

Lora Bentley

We know it can sometimes be a touchy subject, but realistically, if you're considering deploying open source in your enterprise, intellectual property issues will have to be addressed. In fact, attorney Heather Meeker discussed some of those issues in an interview with IT Business Edge earlier this year.


Now, open source stack and services provider OpenLogic is adding open source indemnification coverage -- open source insurance, if you will -- to its portfolio. Those who subscribe to OpenLogic support for its library of 160+ certified open source programs can also benefit from coverage that includes repair or replacement of infringing code, defense of infringement claims, and damage awards up to four times the amount of the service contract with the company.


The coverage is designed to put those "lingering legal concerns" concerning open source software to rest, according to an expert quoted in a Yahoo Finance piece, and in doing so to further encourage the enterprise adoption of open source.

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