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Matt Jacobs

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Matthew Jacobs was Vice President and General Counsel at Black Duck Software, Inc., recently acquired by Synopsys, Inc. He is now a director with the legal group at Synopsys. Organizations worldwide use Synopsys’ industry-leading products to secure and manage open source software, eliminating the pain related to security vulnerabilities, compliance, and operational risk. Matt’s work at Synopsys includes managing licensing and contract negotiation and advising senior management on day-to-day legal affairs. In addition to being a frequent speaker on open source–related topics, Matt routinely advises Synopsys’ customers with respect to leading-edge open source adoption, use, and compliance matters.

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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Open source for lawyers: Challenges of open source use

Open source is widespread because it’s easy to use. But it comes with unique security challenges, and poor open source management can be a costly liability.

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Open source for lawyers: Costs of open source use

Open source might be free, but it’s not risk-free. Let’s examine the potential legal cost of open source use associated with license noncompliance.

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GPLv2 and the right to cure

Many contracts say that a licensee who breaches/violates the license will have the opportunity to cure that breach. But the GPLv2 provides no right to cure.

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Dramatic shifts in open source license enforcement

We’ve seen dramatic shifts in open source license enforcement, from “community” based actions to “private” enforcement actions. How does it affect you?

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What is dual licensing? 3 software licensing models to consider

Dual licensing usually refers to offering software under a proprietary license and an open source license. Consider these three software licensing models.

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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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