Open source compliance is often overlooked, but is a critical component of a successful open source software strategy. If your company is going to use or contribute to open source software, failure to comply with the software licenses can lead to costly cleanup efforts, or even lawsuits if license violations are found. To mitigate these risks, it’s important to establish an internal organizational program that manages compliance with open source licenses.
For many companies, open source compliance is often the first major step into open source engineering, so it’s vital to establish proper organizations and procedures that build a foundation for continual success. That’s why Ibrahim Haddad joined forces with the Linux Foundation to create Open Source Compliance in the Enterprise, and released it as a free handbook to download.
This book covers the essentials of establishing a successful open source compliance strategy in an enterprise setting, including the structure of an open source management program, common processes and tools for compliance, how to train and encourage developers to follow compliance processes, when and how to involve legal experts, and more. Many of these strategies are employed here at the Samsung Open Source Group and have helped us establish ourselves as a valuable asset to Samsung’s success. If you oversee a team of software engineers who work with open source software, this book will provide a wealth of helpful information; you should give it a read!