Just because a piece of code a developer downloaded off SourceForge says it is released under the Mozilla Public License doesn\u2019t mean that all that code wasn\u2019t itself stolen from someplace else. (In the Linksys router case, for instance, Linksys reportedly bought chips from Broadcom, which in turn received firmware from overseas third parties\u2014making it difficult to clearly define what Linksys should have known about its code.)For that reason, experts say it\u2019s worth trying to get the code you use from trusted sources. The people behind larger, more public open-source and free software projects often claim to be very careful about who they let contribute code and how thorough they are in determining the origins of that code. Some companies that deal in open-source code\u2014including Red Hat and Hewlett-Packard\u2014offer indemnification programs that could help protect your company should the code you\u2019re using be found to infringe on someone else\u2019s intellectual property rights.