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 software. That’s great, but all that code comes with a wide variety of licenses, each with its own set of requirements. What’s a developer or company to do?

There have long been corporate programs, such as those from Black Duck Software, White Source Software, and Sonatype, which provide code scanning and open-source licensing management. This isn’t a small job. According to Sonatype, the average application contains 106 open-source components.

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