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Open Source Software

The open source software revolution proved an unqualified success.  Now a developer can freely access the source code of software designated as open source and use it as the building blocks and add-on components for her product, saving both time and money.  While the developer can use, change and share such software, because it remains protected by copyright, such usage is governed by the particular license under which the original developer released the software into the open source arena.  Failure to comply with the requirements of such a license exposes not only the developer but also the end user to claims of copyright infringement.