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The Latest Legal Developments in Open Source

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 16:30

Open source software (OSS) has become a fundamental part of the IT infrastructure of virtually all companies. Such criticality naturally gives rise to legal issues as organizations protect their own interests in the context the sharing inherent with open source.

Recently there has been a shift from enforcement activity by non-profits to commercial entities with two lawsuits which enforce the GPLv2 being filed by commercial  companies in 2013. One of the lawsuits involves GPLv2 licensed code im a commercial product and has broader impacts for both commercial and open source  companies. Patent activity around open source has continued apace and contribution agreements are getting more attention as companies evolve from consuming open source to contribution back.

This webinar, presented by Black Duck with Karen Copenhaver, partner at Choate Hall & Stewart and Counsel for the Linux Foundation and Mark Radcliffe, partner at DLA Piper and General Counsel for the Open Source Initiative (OSI), will review:

  • The rise in importance of open source for commercial entities
  • Explain the lastest developments for OSS licenses, patents and contributor agreements.
  • What to look out for in the open source legal sphere during 2014.
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A Guide to M&A Success

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 16:30

Open source software is ubiquitous and widely used in development organizations to build better software faster. The day-to-day practice of using open source software is often uncontrolled, potentially creating unknown legal, business and operational risks arising from the often overlooked and misunderstood obligations found in many open source licenses.  As a result, acquiring companies are now focusing more heavily on open source and third party code in their due diligence practices to uncover issues before M&A transactions are completed.

Join this Webinar with Black Duck Software and Anthony Decicco, Partner at GTC Law Group and learn about the new industry norms with respect to open source due diligence.  

Attendees will learn:

  • The steps involved in the due diligence process
  • Possible impacts on a transaction, due diligence and definitive agreements   
  • Challenges and common concerns of acquirers and investors and ways to address these concerns well before a transaction
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2014 Future of Open Source Survey Results Revealed

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00

Date: Thursday, April 3rd

Time: 2pm EST – What time is this for me?

The annual Future of Open Source Survey provides a report on the state of the open source industry and analysis of future trends. Now in its eighth year, this annual survey is supported by over 30 open source software industry leaders and collaborating organizations, compiling results from hundreds of respondents from the open source community.

The 2014 Future of Open Source Survey is now live!

Take the survey to help shape this year’s results:

The 2013 survey received 800+ responses and the results have received over 100,000 views on Slideshare! Don’t miss this live panel discussion on the industry’s hottest trends and the 2014 survey results, featuring:

  • Michael J. Skok, General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners (@mjskok)
  • Lou Shipley, CEO at Black Duck Software (@loushipley)
  • Jeffrey Hammond, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research (@jhammond)
  • More speakers to be added!

Follow the conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #FutureOSS.

View last year's Future of Open Source Survey results webinar panel discussion with real-world insights from industry experts at Black Duck, North Bridge, Forrester Research, Hortonworks, Thomson Reuters and Acquia.

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Eighth Annual Future of Open Source Survey Finds OSS Powering New Technologies, Reaching New People, and Creating New Economics

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:00

From Education to Government to Health Care, OSS Now Woven into the Social Fabric; Enterprises Respond With Increased Participation in OSS Community

Burlington, Mass., April 3, 2014 – Black Duck Software, the trusted partner for open source software (OSS) adoption, management, and governance, and North Bridge Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm, today announced the results of the eighth annual Future of Open Source Survey, an annual investigation into OSS industry trends. This year’s results point toward the increased strategic role that OSS has in today’s enterprises, the crucial function OSS plays in developing new technologies, the growth of first-time developers within the OSS community, and the impact it has on daily life.

“This year’s results signal an important shift in how enterprises view open source – a shift that will have tremendous impact on the future of development,” said Lou Shipley, President and CEO, Black Duck. “Open source has proven its quality and security, and reached a point of widespread democratization and proliferation.  As such, organizations must – and, as our survey shows, some of the more sophisticated OSS users have already begun – changing the way they view their role.  Understanding that it’s about more than just cost-cutting or any of the traditional reasons to simply use OSS; it’s about participating and managing the logistical challenges to gain competitive advantage, attract top talent, and influence project direction.”

Survey results highlight this democratization and proliferation of open source in three main areas: new people, new technologies, and new economics.

New People
Survey results uncover the growth of first-time developers participating in the open source community, and point to both new open source education initiatives and the prevalence of open source-based educational platforms. In addition, the survey reveals the three industries expected to be impacted most by OSS are education (76 percent), government (67 percent), and health care (45 percent). Results also demonstrate how embedded OSS has become in our social fabric.  Respondents reported the top ten areas OSS will impact our everyday lives include:

  1. Education
  2. Mobility
  3. Web privacy/security
  4. Home appliance
  5. Wearable devices
  6. Robotics
  7. Entertainment
  8. Automotive
  9. Gaming
  10. Monetary exchange/payments

New Technologies
Open source has long been touted as the foundation for new technological innovations, and as OSS projects grow, so, too, do these new technologies.  As data from the Black Duck® KnowledgeBase™ shows, with nearly one million open source projects to date, the rate of innovation spurs new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the continued rise of Software as a Service (SaaS). When asked what industries OSS technology was leading, 63 percent cited cloud computing/virtualization as the key area where developers have turned to OSS. In addition, 57 percent answered content management, 52 percent selected mobile technology, and 51 percent answered security.

New Economics
56 percent of corporations expect to contribute to more open source projects in 2014, signaling a change in the way enterprises view open source. When asked why they engaged with OSS communities, cost reduction was still the top response (61 percent), but 45 percent of corporations responded that they also did so to gain competitive advantage. For companies with over 1,000 employees, influencing a project’s direction was the third most popular answer. Finding and recruiting talent fell from the number two reason to engage with communities in 2013 to the number five answer this year, with only 37 percent choosing that as the top reason. This may be the result of OSS experience becoming a price-of-entry rather than a distinguishing factor.

“Open source is enjoying a proliferation that starts with a growing number of new developers at the grass roots. Many then go on to join enterprises who themselves are engaging in open source projects. Further news in the survey shows enterprises now organizing to contribute back more actively; as they realize the importance of open source innovation to jumpstart careers and kickstart projects,” said Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. “As our survey continues to show open source is consuming the software world as the inherent quality, functionality, and increasingly ease of deployment creates a powerful gravitational pull on people and industries. This self-reinforcing, virtuous cycle will result in the most exciting applications having an open source foundation. Which is why many of the leading technology areas such as cloud, big data, content management and mobile are treating open source as their 'foundational platform.’ Further, more new areas like the Internet of Things, which requires interoperability and extensibility, can only be met by open source initiatives, hence the emergence of new communities such as the AllSeen Alliance."

Additional Findings

  • 72 percent of respondents chose to use OSS because of it provides stronger security than proprietary solutions, signaling a growing awareness that the proper management and use of OSS actually provides an even more secure environment than proprietary solutions. Building upon this, 80 percent of respondents reported choosing open source because of its quality over proprietary alternatives.
  • 68 percent of respondents said that OSS helped improve efficiency and lower costs, and 55 percent also indicated that OSS helped create new products and services, further supporting the idea of OSS as both an entrenched and a strategic element of today’s enterprises.
  • 50 percent of enterprises report openly contributing to and adopting open source, signaling a shift in the way organizations view the value of and their role in making contributions to the community.

A record-breaking 1,240 industry influencers took this year’s survey, answering questions about OSS trends, opportunities, key drivers of open source adoption, community engagement, and the business problems OSS solves now and in the future.

To see the full results, please visit Black Duck and North Bridge on SlideShare. Results will be presented in a live webinar on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET – please click here to register.

Follow @futureofOSS for the latest news and information, join the #FutureOSS conversations on Twitter and read more about the industry at the Open Source Delivers blog.


About North Bridge Venture Partners
Established in 1994, North Bridge is an active partner for early-stage entrepreneurs, providing seed-to-growth financing for innovative companies looking to disrupt big markets. North Bridge partners, many founders themselves, work with entrepreneurs to apply their expertise in the creation, operation and scaling of market-leaders. The firm has offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Palo Alto, California. To learn more about North Bridge, go to and follow us at @north_bridge. For more information on the Future of Open Source program, visit

About Black Duck Software 
Black Duck is the partner of choice for open source software adoption, governance and management. Enterprises of every size depend on Black Duck to harness the power of open source technologies and methods. As part of the greater OSS community, Black Duck connects developers to comprehensive OSS resources through, and to the latest commentary from industry experts through the Open Source Delivers blog. Black Duck also hosts the Open Source Think Tank, an international event where thought leaders collaborate on the future of open source. Black Duck is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Mateo, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. For more information about how to leverage open source to deliver faster innovation, greater creativity and improved efficiency, visit and follow us at @black_duck_sw.

2014 Future of Open Source Survey Collaborators

  1. The 451 Group/451 Research
  2. Acquia
  3. AMD
  4. Apache Foundation
  5. Apperian
  6. Appsembler
  7. Automattic
  8. Bareos
  9. CenturyLink
  10. Chef
  11. Cloudera
  12. CollabNet
  13. Commerce Guys
  14. Couchbase
  15. Credativ
  16. The Document Foundation
  17. Eclipse Foundation
  18. edX
  19. Engine Yard
  20. Entando
  21. EnterpriseDB
  22. Epic Learning Group
  23. Eucalyptus
  24. FoundationDB
  25. Grid Protection Alliance
  26. Intel
  27. Jaspersoft
  28. JFrog
  1. Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
  3. MassTLC
  4. project
  5. Open Invention Network (OIN)
  6. Open Source Initiative (OSI)
  7. Open Source Software Institute (OSSI)
  8. Open-Xchange
  9. OpenClinica
  10. OpenLogic – A Rouge Wave Company
  11. Opmantek
  12. OSEHRA (Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent)
  13. Pentaho
  14. Red Hat
  15. Revolution Analytics
  17. Spree Commerce
  18. SugarCRM
  19. SUSE
  20. Teluu
  21. Ubuntu by Canonical
  22. VoltDB
  23. WPEngine
  24. WSO2
  25. X2Engine
  26. Zenoss

Press Contacts
Sarah Gerrol
Black Duck    

Jeff Drew
fama PR for Black Duck

Eric Jones
North Bridge Venture Partners

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A Venture Capital Perspective: Technical Due Diligence in M&A

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:00

Today’s technology companies increasingly rely on open source software to create better software and services faster. IDC reports that 30% of the deployed code in the Global 2000 is open source software, and it is likely many times higher in resource-strapped startup environments.  However the day-to-day practice of using open source is often uncontrolled, particularly in startup companies, and can potentially create unknown legal and operational risks with a company’s software assets. The last thing a startup wants is the pressure of producing a clean bill of material for their software assets when they’re in the heat of acquisition discussions, which can negatively impact value and timing.

Join Peter Bell, General Partner at Highland Capital and Matt Jacobs, Senior Corporate Counsel at Black Duck to gain perspective on the importance of knowing what’s in your code, and the strategies and processes for evaluating open source and software assets within corporate mergers & acquisitions.  

Attend this webinar to learn: 

  • Why technical due diligence is important in software M&A
  • What steps are involved in the diligence process
  • Challenges and common concerns of targets, acquirers and investors
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Understanding Lesser Known Elements of Open Source Licenses for Use in the Connected Enterprise

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:30

Date: Wednesday, March 5th

Time: 11:30am EDT - What time is this for me

Open source software is fundamentally changing the economics of development.  According to Gartner 99% of Global 2000 companies will incorporate open source into their operations by 2016.  And software has become an increasingly important part of products of Enterprises beyond traditional “technology” companies, ranging from chemical companies like Monsanto to car companies like General Motors to consumer appliance companies like Bosch.

 Any company developing software will use open source software and needs to ensure compliance with the terms of OSS licenses.  These challenges are compounded by the spread of software development outside of the IT department. All kinds of companies need to manage the elements of open source that impact their business. It is not just about understanding whether a license is permissive or reciprocal. Even the most popular license differ in a variety of ways.

Join us as Karen Copenhaver, partner at Choate Hall & Stewart and Counsel for the Linux Foundation and Mark Radcliffe, partner at DLA Piper and General Counsel for the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as they:

  • Analyze and compare the important (though lesser known) elements of the most commonly used open source licenses.
  • Evaluate the Rise of Open Source in the Connect Enterprise
  • Overview of the Most Popular Licenses
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Making Sure the Right Open Source Ends Up in your Next Build

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:30

Best-in-class organizations are utilizing up to 80% open source code to rapidly deliver solutions.  As the amount and frequency of new open source increases within your code base, ensuring that the right binaries show up in your build is becoming more and more challenging.
Please join us as Baruch Sadogursky, Developer Advocate at JFrog and Dave Gruber, Director of Developer Programs at Black Duck review the challenges associated with managing increasing open source use and present automated approaches to gain visibility and control of your binaries. You will learn:

  • How to manage your build process to ensure you get the right open source in your final build
  • How automated binary management plays a key role in the process
  • How to track and maintain continuous visibility of your open source utilization
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Twitter Flight

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 00:05

Flight is distinct from existing frameworks in that it doesn't prescribe or provide any particular approach to rendering or providing data to a web application. It's agnostic to how requests are routed, which templating language you use or even if you render your HTML on the client or the server. While some web frameworks encourage developers to arrange their code around a prescribed model layer, Flight is organized around the existing DOM model with functionality mapped directly to DOM nodes. Flight likely isn’t as easy to learn and use compared to some of the other, more popular, JavaScript frameworks like Angular or Ember, but it provides enormous flexibility architecturally, showing real promise for building more complex applications.

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Tue, 01/28/2014 - 00:01

Serverspec provides a simple approach to testing your server configurations, independent of any configuration management tools. Using serverspec, you can write RSpec tests for checking your servers’ configuration. It tests your servers' actual state through SSH access, so you don't need to install any agent software on your servers and can use any of the leading configuration management tools including Puppet, Chef, CFEngine and more. 

2013 RecipientsView this project on
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Tue, 01/28/2014 - 00:00

XPrivacy can prevent applications from leaking privacy sensitive data and can restrict the categories of data an application can access. This is done by feeding an application with no or fake data. There are several data categories which can be restricted, including contacts and locations. For example, if you restrict access to contacts for an application, an empty contact list will be sent. Similarly, restricting an application's access to your location will result in a fake location being sent.

2013 RecipientsView this project on
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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 23:58

Docker is an open source project that automates the deployment of lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers from any application. The same container that a developer builds and tests on a laptop can run at scale, in production, on VMs, bare metal, OpenStack clusters, public clouds and more.

Docker really got our attention. Few projects outside the highly corporate-sponsored arena garner this level of excitement and attention. While Docker was started by a small, commercial firm previously known as dotCloud, this project has quickly grown roots and turned the heads of the big guys, including RedHat and Google.  But more importantly, Docker provides developers with an important advancement in the way they build scalable applications for the cloud – the ability to create lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers from any application. This level of portability offers companies plenty of options for where their apps will run, while allowing developers to have freedom of choice in the languages and tools used to build them.

2013 RecipientsView this project on
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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 23:57

Ghost is dedicated to one thing: publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customizable and completely open source. It allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even (gasp) fun to do. It's simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time messing with making your blog work - and more time blogging.   

John O’Nolan worked on the WordPress team for several years. He loved it, but the project turned in a direction away from its original vision. In early 2013, John blogged “If I could build WordPress all over again, what would I do differently?”  The post got picked up on the front page of Hacker News. He pulled together a prototype using JavaScript and NodeJS, and set out to raise a small amount of money using Kickstarter in April. In 29 days, he raised 10x the amount he wanted. Set up as a non-profit, John hired a team of three, got significant help from the open source community, and created a first version that was released in Oct. It got 4m views and 100k downloads! While the current version (as of this writing) is limited to single-user blogging, it is stable and growing rapidly. And WordPress is now implementing many of the things Ghost is doing.

2013 RecipientsView this project on
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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 23:56

InfluxDB is a time series, events, and metrics database. It's written in Go and has no external dependencies. Once you install it there's nothing else to manage (like Redis, HBase, or whatever). It's designed to be distributed and scale horizontially, but is useful even if you're only running it on a single box.

Paul Dix started a project called ErrPlane, focusing on monitoring and metrics. As he traveled around trying to get traction with ErrPlane, he began to realize that other competing projects were all writing their own time-series database to handle the type and volume of data needed. So he and his partner made a big decision to stop working on ErrPlane and shift their focus to building a specialized, time-series database.  Paul and team worked quietly for one month, and then decided they needed some feedback to continue, so they did a talk at a NY Ruby Meet-up. One of the attendees posted it up on Hacker News. O’Reilly Radar picked it up and the story went to the top. When Paul saw people talking about InfluxDB at a DevOps conference in Australia and another in Japan, they knew they were onto something solid. As of this writing, the project is only 3 months old, with the first commit Sept 23rd.  

2013 RecipientsView this project on
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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 23:51

OpenIoT began as a research project partially funded by the European Commission with a goal of enabling a new range of open large scale, intelligent IoT (Internet of Things) applications according to a utility cloud computing delivery model. The project focuses on mobility aspects of internet-connected objects (sensor Networks) for energy-efficient orchestration of sensor data harvesting and data transmission into the cloud. OpenIoT integrates ontologies and semantic structures, in order to enable semantic interactions and interoperability between the various objects, which means a significant advancement over the existing syntactic interactions offered by GSN and AspireRFID projects. 

2013 RecipientsView this project on
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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 23:48

Project Tox, also known as Tox, is an instant messaging application aimed to replace Skype. It’s no surprise that this project got some big traction this year given all the privacy and security related events that have taken place. With the rise of governmental monitoring programs, Tox aims to be an easy to use, all-in-one communication platform (including audio and videochats in the future) that ensures their users full privacy and secure message delivery. 

2013 RecipientsView this project on
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Open DayLight

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 23:46

OpenDaylight's objective is to provide a fully functional SDN platform that can be deployed directly, without requiring other components. It is focused on building an open, standards-based SDN controller platform that is suitable for deploying in a variety of production network environments. In addition to a modular controller framework, OpenDaylight is expected to include support for a number of standard and emerging SDN protocols, network services such as virtualization and service insertion, well-defined application APIs, and data plane elements including physical device interfaces and virtual switch enhancements.

2013 RecipientsView this project on
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The Importance of Open Source Due Diligence in M&A

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 20:00

Today's technology companies are increasingly utilizing free and open source software (FOSS) to help enable innovation in their development organizations. However the day to day practice of using FOSS is often uncontrolled, potentially creating unknown legal, business and operational risks arising from the unique obligations found in many open source licenses. As a result, acquiring companies are now focusing more heavily on open source and third party code in their due diligence practices to uncover issues before M&A transactions are completed.
Join Andrew Hall, Intellectual Property Attorney at Fenwick and West LLP and Matthew Jacobs, General Counsel at Black Duck to gain insights on defined strategies and processes for evaluating open source and software assets within the scope of corporate mergers and acquisitions. Attendees will learn: 

  • Why technical due diligence is important in software M&A?
  • What steps are involved in the diligence process
  • Challenges and common concerns of acquirers and investors  
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Top 10 Open Source Legal Developments in 2013

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 17:30

This annual review will highlight the most significant legal developments related to open source software in 2013, including:

  • New lawsuits: enforcing GPLv2 and more patent litigation
  • License trends including Github’s  initiative to promote license adoption by open source projects
  • Challenges and forks in the Android community
  • New collaborative open source projects
  • Compliance: Fantec and the duty to manage new tools  and the rollout of Software Package Data Exchangetm (SPDX)

Gain insights into these important legal developments from two of the leading open source legal experts, Karen Copenhaver, Partner at Choate Hall & Stewart and Counsel for the Linux Foundation, Mark Radcliffe, Partner at DLA Piper and General Counsel for the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

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