Legal issues for free and open source software in government

  • Nic Suzor
  • Brian Fitzgerald
  • Mark Perry
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 234)


As more governments begin to adopt and release free and open source software, it is important to be able to readily recognise and identify the associated legal risks and potential liabilities. This panel will examine and discuss the most common of these associated risks and liabilities. These issues include, but are not limited to:
  • indemnities against claims of intellectual property infringement from third parties

  • requirements of consumer protection and antitrust legislation

  • obligations to redistribute source, and when they arise

  • enforceability of free software licences

  • layering and combining of licences

  • dual-licensing

  • licence incompatibility

  • software patent liability

  • contemporary developments in software licensing


Open Source Software Consumer Protection Free Software Commercial Market Contemporary Development 

Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nic Suzor
    • 1
  • Brian Fitzgerald
    • 1
  • Mark Perry
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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