ATLANTA, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Source software has become a
legitimate alternative to proprietary software for businesses. In response to
this, law firm Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, has formed a new legal group to
help businesses address Open Source issues.
The Chair of the new Open Source Group, Paul Arne, has also created a Web
log, or blog, to provide resources and a forum for discussion for business and
legal issues surrounding Open Source Software. The blog can be found
at http://www.oslawblog.com .
Many of America's largest companies use Open Source software and
participate in Open Source development projects. New businesses have grown up
to provide support, maintenance, consulting and training. Open Source software
developments can produce robust software.
Many software developers view Open Source as a godsend, says Arne. "Open
Source is easy to find, easy to evaluate, and easy to incorporate into an
existing development project," Arne says.
But as with any type of business, unexpected issues may arise.
"Because Open Source software is developed in a non-traditional way,
special issues should be considered," Arne adds. For example, businesses that
modify Open Source code for internal use may be surprised that seemingly
innocuous actions may initiate distribution requirements, which could force
them to give away their customized software for free, or at a modest cost, to
"Because Open Source is developed using a decidedly different business
model, it's not surprising that businesses need to treat it differently in
important ways," Arne says. He adds that one function of the group is to help
businesses establish procedures for the use of Open Source.
Morris, Manning & Martin's Open Source Group includes attorneys who
specialize in business licensing, intellectual property, patent, trademark,
litigation, copyright and other legal disciplines. The result is a complete
legal solution for end users, companies developing products to sell on a
proprietary basis and those who simply participate in the open source
For more information about Morris, Manning & Martin's Open Source Group,
visit the firm's Web page at http://www.mmmlaw.com , the blog
at http://www.oslawblog.com or call 404-504-7784.
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, ( http://www.mmmlaw.com ) enjoys national
prominence for its corporate finance, securities, litigation, technology,
telecommunications, insurance, healthcare, environmental and real estate
practices. Since 1999, the firm has represented clients in 20 IPOs worth more
than $7 billion and in over 125 mergers and acquisitions worth more than
$23 billion. Morris, Manning & Martin has offices in Atlanta, Charlotte and
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