Indemnification and Open Source - The NetApp Lawsuit as an Example?

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You may have noticed last month's news about Net App filing a lawsuit against Sun for patent infringement on ZFS ([1], [2], [3]). ZFS is OpenSource and has a growing number of adopters so this could be seen as a good example of the value of indemnity when purchasing support from Sun for OpenSource-based products like OpenSolaris or GlassFish.

This week both Jonathan [1] and Mike Dillon [2] explained the next steps that Sun is taking in this front. Don't miss the ever-growing list of comments at Jonathan's entry - 81 as of this writeup. Also you may want to check Simon's comments on a related experience.

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