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LinuxInsider: The Rugged Landscape of Open Source Software Compliance

Sep 29, 2006, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"Black Duck Software got its feet wet during the SCO Group uproar, when the Unix firm's legal onslaught against IBM and others sharpened concern over intellectual property rights connected to the use of software code. New issues have arisen since then, however, coinciding with the increased adoption of open source applications and the growing number of licenses governing their use. Black Duck recently released protexIP 4.0, a new version of its development software analysis system, in response to the broadening range of compliance challenges.

"'The complexity of combined software is greater than ever,' Black Duck CEO Doug Levin told LinuxInsider. Users are mixing code blocks and code trees, and placing heavier reliance on open source projects that may be covered by multiple licenses. 'That complexity is something we focused our solution around...'"

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