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Matt Jacobs

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Matt oversees the worldwide legal affairs of Black Duck including managing licensing and contract negotiation, managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio and advising senior management on day-to-day legal affairs. Prior to joining Black Duck in 2009, Matt was with Bernstein Shur where he counseled companies on a variety of intellectual property matters, including open source compliance. Before that, he held in-house positions with Cabletron Systems and Standex International. Matt earned his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and holds a master’s degree in business from Plymouth State University.


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GPLv2 and the right to cure

Many contracts contain language saying that if the licensee breaches/violates the license, the licensee will have an opportunity to cure that breach. But the GPLv2 provides no right to cure.

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Dramatic shifts in open source license enforcement

In February I wrote a post exploring dual licensing. Part of my message was to call out that open source license enforcement is steadily going through a dramatic shift. Historically, open source licenses such as the GNU General Public License were enforced primarily by groups such as the Free Software Foundation or the Software Freedom Law Center.

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Software licensing decisions: Consider dual licensing

This post was co-authored by Benjamin Rosen.

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How to create an open source management policy

Creating an open source management policy is a strategic imperative for organizations in the software industry. But what does a strategic policy include, and how can you implement one?

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Software due diligence: Before you buy it, look under the hood

Don’t overlook software due diligence during tech M&A. It’s the only way to know where the code came from and whether it has security or license issues.

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