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An article at Law.com named "Open Source Software Shows Its Muscle" has been drawing a lot of fire from other commentators on the open source beat. Allow me to add my own heat to that fire.

The alleged premise of the piece isn't really all that contentious: You need to be careful when using open source software so that you don't end up being a target of legal action in the event you violate a licensing agreement. Fine.

What's egregious is how the article talks about this subject. It doesn't tell anyone who's familiar with the issues anything they won't already know -- in fact, those familiar with the issues are going to grind their teeth down to stumps if they read it. It conflates facts, plays fast and loose with subtle points, and ends up being terribly misleading about the implications of the commercial use of open source.

If you haven't read the article yet, take a second to click on it and read the whole thing through, and then come back here. All done? OK. My turn.

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