Retrovirus GPL

“Here’s another reason why companies need to be careful about jumping on the bandwagon. While it’s nice to live in a world where there are folks that create software under the GPL, this model can have some serious issues for companies down the road when proprietary and GPL clash. I’d be very careful, if I were an ISV, that couldn’t afford to to give everything away about incorporating this stuff into my products. Likewise, corporations that employ this stuff as part of their development efforts may find that they need to release the products they create back into the community. Back when I worked on Corp. development projects, that would have been a nightmare scenario (as we viewed all that stuff to be highly confidential and a competitive tool)…

EM>Dutch company Sitecom can get itself out of legal hot water if it releases all the necessary software to comply with the General Public License, an attorney says.