Open source software (OSS) has become a fundamental part of the IT infrastructure of virtually all companies. Such criticality naturally gives rise to legal issues as organizations protect their own interests in the context the sharing inherent with open source.
Best-in-class organizations are utilizing up to 80% open source code to rapidly deliver solutions. As the amount and frequency of new open source increases within your code base, ensuring that the right binaries show up in your build is becoming more and more challenging.
Today's technology companies are increasingly utilizing free and open source software (FOSS) to help enable innovation in their development organizations. However the day to day practice of using FOSS is often uncontrolled, potentially creating unknown legal, business and operational risks arising from the unique obligations found in many open source licenses. As a result, acquiring companies are now focusing more heavily on open source and third party code in their due diligence practices to uncover issues before M&A transactions are completed.
This annual review will highlight the most significant legal developments related to open source software in 2013, including:
Topics Include Open Source Compliance - from Risk Mitigation to Competitive Advantage
The open source community has proven that great software can be built in a highly collaborative, open environment with participation from a wide variety of developers working in very different environments. If you work in a large company employing hundreds or even thousands of developers, you too can harness the collective intelligence of your fellow developers to deliver more robust, more creative solutions.
Open source software (OSS) use is mainstream in companies’ large and small, public and private, technology enabled and technology-producing. The size and reach of the OSS world, and the opportunity it holds for almost every business, either technology-enabled or technology-producing is tremendous. General Counsels increasingly face a common dilemma - how to pro-actively develop and leverage an OSS strategy to the businesses they advise. These opportunities most often come in the form of cost reduction or avoidance, increased productivity and greater innovation.
OpenStack is one of the fastest growing open source projects in the world today. With over 11,000 individual members from 130 countries and 1,000 different organizations, the OpenStack ecosystem is producing some of the best cloud software in the industry. This kind of success is not only tied to a hot technology, but also to the way the OpenStack Foundation is structured and how it works with the community that surrounds its projects.