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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. Many contracts, either in their boilerplate form or as part of the negotiated give and take, contain some language that says that if the licensee […]

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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. Selecting the optimal model for licensing software is a fundamental determination that, if successful, may drive business, encourage innovation, and provide safeguards for valuable intellectual property rights. As a copyright holder, the owner of a piece of software has broad latitude in determining how that software can be […]

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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

Would you ever buy a car without looking under the hood? Or a house without having an inspector comb over every inch to check for potential problems you could run into down the road? No. This same investigative mentality should be applied when a company is evaluating whether or not to merge with, or acquire, […]

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