2018 saw developments in many free and open source software legal issues, including copyright, license compliance, patent nonaggression, and antitrust law.
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The Consumer Data Protection Act (as outlined in the CDPA draft circulated in early November by Sen. Ron Wyden) might not send CEOs to jail, but it will certainly help protect Americans’ data.
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 […]
In our Nov. 14 Black Duck Legal Certification Course with Hal Hearst and Phil Odence (Synopsys), you’ll learn about software due diligence and how to answer your clients’ open source questions.
California is all done with weak passwords. Well, not right now, but it says it will be done with them for internet-connected devices in another 14 months—starting Jan. 1, 2020. From then on, the Information Privacy: Connected Devices bill, signed earlier this month by Gov. Jerry Brown, will require each such device to have a […]
Most companies involved with technology M&A understand the importance of open source risks in software. Today’s software contains significant amounts of open source, on average more than 50%, according to a 2018 Synopsys study. Consequently, it has become the norm for acquirers to raise open source questions as part of technical and legal due diligence. […]
In our on-demand webinar with Mark Radcliffe (DLA Piper and OSI) and Tony Decicco (GTC), you’ll learn about using and releasing open source safely, and what it means for tech due diligence.
The Apache Software Foundation’s legal group is an interesting microcosm in which to study open source license issues. Generally, what the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) deems good is good for companies looking to consume open source, and what’s not is not. So their open discussions are useful to monitor if you want to keep tabs […]
Open source is everywhere. Researchers have been tracking its growth for years, but because open source is now so pervasive, they are increasingly concerned about the security of applications built on the foundation of open source components. The only way an organization can be sure of the open source in its codebase, other than by […]