"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...'"