Information Week looks
at the Avalanche Technology Cooperative
, an association of large
companies attempting to do "private open source" development.
"Avalanche has spent more than $350,000 in the past two years on
legal fees with the Minneapolis law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP to develop a
software-licensing policy that would restrict use of the code to co-op
members. The group also will indemnify its members against legal action
from outsiders. 'We ensure the submitter is the owner of the code,'
Avalanche CEO Jay Hansen says. Members pay a $30,000 annual fee that helps
cover the legal costs.
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