Software is a major component of life around us. It is at the heart of communications, transportation, safety, health, food, agriculture, defense, entertainment and virtually every other industry that one way or other touches us every day. Resourceful software development organizations and developers use a combination of previously created code, commercial software and open source software, and their own creative content to produce the desired software product or functionality. Anytime a product containing software is involved in a transaction, there is a need to understand its composition, its pedigree, its ownership, and any third-party (including open source software) licenses or obligations that govern its use by its new owners.
This white paper takes a look at the need for an accurate understanding of the software code pedigree and its licensing obligations.