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Hidden Open Source Costs Add Risk

This articles notes that many folks are concerned about hidden licensing fees, buried in open-source components such as Apache and MySQL:
They are even starting to offer insurance against hidden open source costs: 
"That is why Lloyd's of London, the world's biggest seller of specialized insurance to businesses, began offering "open-source compliance insurance" last month to companies involved in mergers and acquisitions. The coverage, up to $10 million, offsets losses in valuation caused by open-source violations. The policy costs 1 percent to 3 percent of the total amount insured, said Matthew Hogg, an underwriter at R.J. Kiln, the Lloyd's subsidiary underwriting the software insurance. "What this does is enable people to feel more comfortable about open source and embrace it further," he said. Ian Lewis, director of science and technology at Miller Insurance Services, a Lloyd's unit that is selling the insurance, said the legal risk of misuse has been growing. "


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