Free and Open Source Software Compliance: Who Does What
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Ever since companies started integrating FOSS in their products, there has been the need to ensure compliance with applicable FOSS licenses. Different companies have used various ways to structure their teams responsible for fulfilling this function. Some companies have opted for a centralized team (Open Source Program Office) lead by an individual who has engineering, legal and operational experience. Other companies have opted for a cross functional team that consists of a dedicated Open Source Compliance Officer who has access to various individuals and teams that contribute to the compliance effort without being part of a centralized team. In this paper, we examine the later model of FOSS compliance team and discuss the roles and responsibilities of individuals and teams involved in the compliance process.
About the Author (Ibrahim Haddad, Ph.D.)
Ibrahim Haddad is Director of Technology and Alliances at the Linux Foundation focusing on Mobile Linux initiatives and advancing the Linux platform for next-generation mobile computing devices.