• It’s a Jungle in There: Running Afoul of Restrictive Terms in Software Licenses
  • December 28, 2010 | Authors: Steven G. Heinen; Paul E. Rossler
  • Law Firm: GableGotwals - Tulsa Office
  • Commercial and open-source software licensing agreements can contain traps for the unwary. Legitimate users can run afoul of the program’s license restrictions “without having the slightest knowledge . . . or the faintest idea that such things existed.” Sometimes the restrictions are such that seemingly innocuous, reasonable uses can run afoul of the license. This holds true regardless of whether the software has been purchased or is open source. Consider the following four cases, each of which demonstrates one or more potential pitfalls for companies that are not diligent regarding software license compliance.