Should Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) be paying bounties to fix open-source software it doesn't control? Absolutely, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.
Specifically, Google is paying between $500 and $3,133 for patches to any of a number of different Internet-related software projects. Rewards are to be given for patches that show a "demonstrable, significant, and proactive" impact on the security of a project such as OpenSSH or OpenSSL.
Investors should love that, Tim argues. Google can't exist without the functional shared infrastructure we call the Internet. Anything that strengthens the Web's foundation is ultimately good for the business.
Do you agree, or do you believe Google is wasting capital by paying for open-source patches? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.
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