Closing The Loop: Open-Source Software Licenses Represent an Often-Overlooked Minefield in M&A Transactions

Closing The Loop: Open-Source Software Licenses Represent an Often-Overlooked Minefield in M&A Transactions


The Daily Deal
By: Jason Greenberg and Daniel Glazer 

Open-source software is everywhere. Hundreds of millions of Internet users utilize Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox OSS Web browser to visit websites powered by Apache, WordPress, MySQL and other OSS programs. Google Inc.'s Android OSS operating system has over 50% market share among U.S. smartphone users. Nonetheless, OSS licenses often are an overlooked minefield in M&A transactions.

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