News Category: IP/Licensing

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SPDX
SPDX License Identifiers can be used to indicate relevant license information at any level, from package to the source code file level.

Solving License Compliance at the Source: Adding SPDX License IDs

Accurately identifying the license for open source software is important for license compliance. However, determining the license can sometimes be difficult due to a lack of information or ambiguous information. Even when there is some licensing information present, a lack of consistent ways of...
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GitHub: Changes to EU Copyright Law Could Derail Open Source Distribution

A proposed European law would mandate that content providers utilize some kind of content filter to make sure rights holders get their royalties. But for a public open source code repository, such a contraption could be a nuisance, or it could be catastrophic. The E.U. Parliament's Legal Affairs...
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​Red Hat Changes Its Open-Source Licensing Rules

Red Hat-initiated open-source projects, which use GPLv2 or LGPLv2.1, will be expected to add GPLv3's cure commitment language to their licenses. From outside programming circles, software licensing may not seem important. In open-source, though, licensing is all important. So, when leading Linux...
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Fossology
To help celebrate Fossology’s 10th anniversary, we look at how the project makes it easier to understand and comply with open source licenses.

FOSSology Turns 10 – A Decade of Highlights

FOSSology turns ten this year. Far from winding down, the open source license compliance project is still going strong. The interest in the project among its thriving community has not dampened in the least, and regular contributions and cross-project contributors are steering it toward productive...
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FOSSA: Open-Sourcing Open Source License Management

No one ever became a programmer so they could mange open-source licenses. But, that's what many developers must do these days. Black Duck Software, the open-source software logistics and legal solutions provider, and North Bridge found in 2015 that 66 percent of companies create open-source...
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License Scanning and Compliance for FOSS Projects: A Free Publication

Modern open source projects rarely consist solely of all new code, written entirely from scratch. More often, they are built from many sources. And, each of these original sources may operate under a particular license – which may also differ from the license that the new project uses. A new...
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Containers, the GPL, and Copyleft: No Reason for Concern

Though open source is thoroughly mainstream, new software technologies and old technologies that get newly popularized sometimes inspire hand-wringing about open source licenses. Most often the concern is about the GNU General Public License (GPL), and specifically the scope of its copyleft...
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SPDX Clears Confusion Around Software Licenses

The Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) is a Linux Foundation project to help reduce the ambiguity of software by defining standards for reporting information. The license is one such piece of information. SPDX provides a format for listing the specific license variant and version that applies to...
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​'Big Four' Linux Companies Shift Open-Source Licensing Policies

Red Hat, Facebook, Google, and IBM commit to providing a fair cure period to correct open-source GPLv2 software license compliance issues.' The GNU Public License version 2 (GPLv2) is arguably the most important open-source license for one reason: It's the license Linux uses. On November 27, three...
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Linux Foundation Creates a Framework for Sharing Open Data

The Linux Foundation wants to open up the use of data in much the same way it has helped make open-source software a technology force to be reckoned with. Announced at the Open Source Summit in Prague Monday, the new Community Data License Agreement is designed to cover the use of nonproprietary...
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