Expert: Be smart about mitigating open-source IP risks

Posted by dave on Mar 17, 2004 8:06 AM EDT
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Black Duck Software Inc. CEO Doug Levin had probably heard more software licensing and copyright infringement horror stories than anyone before unveiling his startup company and its first product in January, 2004. He surely holds that record now. Those stories convinced Levin to found Waltham, Mass.-based Black Duck Software on the foundation of a new software license validation, management and auditing solution called Enterprise Edition. After the launch, he's heard tales of licensing legal woes from many more IT pros. Also, he's heard from companies that want to use open source software but are worried about the intellectual property risks. In this interview, he sums up those stories and reveals the ways companies are dealing with this issue.

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