Antitrust Column & Publications

Open-Source License Not Anticompetitive

Date: 12/28/06

Source: The New York Law Journal. Reprinted with permission.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit indicated that a software license obliging the licensee to grant free licenses for improvements did not unreasonably restrain trade. The Supreme Court of Texas upset a jury verdict because there was no evidence that favorable soft drink marketing agreements with a leading supplier had an adverse effect on competition.

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