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​Microsoft Open-Sources Its Patent Portfolio

By joining the Open Invention Network, Microsoft is offering its entire patent portfolio to all of the open-source patent consortium's members. Several years ago, I said the one thing Microsoft has to do -- to convince everyone in open source that it's truly an open-source supporter -- is stop...
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What's in a Container Image: Meeting the Legal Challenges

Container technology has, for many years, been transforming how workloads in data centers are managed and speeding the cycle of application development and deployment. In addition, container images are increasingly used as a distribution format, with container registries a mechanism for...
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General Data Protection Regulation: A Checklist to Compliance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is perhaps the most sweeping data privacy law in history. Within its nearly 100 articles, it outlines new requirements for organizations that have access to the personal information of European Union (EU) citizens, giving average consumers far more...
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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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GDPR: 7 Steps to Compliance

The General Data Protection Regulation will come into effect on the May 25, 2018. GDPR offers a groundbreaking overhaul of rules first implemented two decades earlier, when the impact on the internet was a mere fraction of what it is today. For consumers, these new rules promise greater data...
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9 Open Source License Management Rules for Startups

Open source software can be a double-edged sword for startups. It can be a startup's lifeblood, because it helps you innovate rapidly without starting from scratch. But, as they say, open source software is free like a puppy is free: The true cost of open source software is obeying open source...
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Developers Need to Start Paying Attention to Licenses

Today's applications are arguably the equivalent of a Girl Talk album in code. They are made up of code that comes from a variety of sources. For instance, they may use one or more frameworks and libraries each of which may also may rely on hundreds of modules (ex. npm, Ruby gems). Even portions...
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Open Source Licensing: What Every Technologist Should Know

If you’re a software developer today, you know how to use open source software, but do you know how and why open source licensing started? A little background will help you understand how and why the licenses work the way they do. Origins of open source licensing Technologists today, having grown...
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Two Open Source Licensing Questions: The AGPL and Facebook

In many settings, open source licensing today is considered a solved problem. Not only has the Open Source Initiative (OSI) largely contained the long feared issue of license proliferation, the industry has essentially consolidated around a few reasonably well understood models. Copyleft licenses...
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An Economically Efficient Model for Open Source Software License Compliance

"The Compliance Industrial Complex" is a term that evokes dystopian imagery of organizations engaging in elaborate and highly expensive processes to comply with open source license terms. As life often imitates art, many organizations engage in this practice, sadly robbing them of the many benefits...
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