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When GPL Violations are Sarbanes-Oxley Violations (PDF)

When GPL Violations are Sarbanes-Oxley Violations (PDF)

by Rick Turoczy on March 7, 2006

Dueling legal perspectives on Sarbanes-Oxley and GPL. Wasabi Systems has a different take: “Because the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires truthful disclosure of intellectual property ownership, violations of Linux’s GPL license are, for public companies, violations of U.S. Securities Law. Executives are personally liable for such criminal violations, even if they are unaware of them. Moreover, because the Sarbanes-Oxley Act mandates adequate monitoring, even companies who comply with the GPL are violating federal law if they do not require legal department review of all GPL compliance. Given that industry surveys show that 38% of embedded software companies leave such matters to engineering teams, we believe Sarbanes violation to be widespread.”

When GPL Violations are Sarbanes-Oxley Violations (PDF)

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