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FOSS compliance engineering in the embedded industry

Oct 12, 2009, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shane Coughlan, Armijn Hemel)

"The field has grown into a commercial segment with companies like Blackduck Software and consultancy firms like Loohuis Consulting offering formal services to third parties.

"Rather than attempting to examine compliance engineering in all market segments and under all conditions, this article will focus on explaining some of the tools and skills required to undertake due diligence activities related to licensing and binary code in the embedded industry. It is based on the GPL Compliance Engineering Guide, which in turn is based on the experience of engineers contributing to the gpl-violations.org project.

"Some of the methods described in this article may not be permitted by the DMCA or similar legislation in certain jurisdictions. It is important to stress that the goal of compliance engineering is not to reverse engineer a product so it can be resold for monetary gain, but rather to apply digital forensics to see if copyright was violated. You should consult a lawyer to find out the legal status of the engineering methods described here."

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