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Matt Asay: The "no open source" clause

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Just when you think the world is getting more savvy on open source...

I was reviewing a contract the other day with a major Fortune 500 institution. This is a forward-looking institution with a massive IT budget and, no doubt, Linux and other open source running rampant throughout its organization.

I was therefore amused to see this clause in the contract they provided to us:

Alfresco hereby warrants that the Software contains no open source code and that it will not provide any open source software as part of its Services or Software.

Um, we have a problem here....

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