The article, written by one Greg Olson, listed the supposed legal issues that companies using open source software could confront.
The Free Software Foundation's John Sullivan was one of the first to criticise the article, pointing out on Twitter, "There are many sites where I'd expect to see this article but not the Linux Foundation."
In reference to a claim in the article, he wrote, "Copyleft is not 'riskier'. Permissive licenses allow proprietary reuse, and *proprietary* licensing is far more complicated and risky."
Responding to this, another well-known FOSS community member Simon Phipps created an annotated version of the article which was titled, "5 Legal Risks For Companies Involved in Open Source Software Development."
The article listed the licences created by the FSF, namely the GNU GPL, as among the more restrictive of open source licences.
Later, Stefano Zacchiroli, a Debian developer, noticed that access to the article had been blocked.
Linux Foundation chief executive Jim Zemlin has been contacted for comment.