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As enterprise use of open source software approaches 100%, it's becoming more imperative than ever for businesses to determine what open source software is being used, establish open source policies, and ensure open source license compliance. Litigation, loss of revenue, and compromised bargaining position are some of the risks associated with lack of open source license compliance. As a result, open source audits are becoming common requirements in a wide variety of scenarios, including mergers and acquisitions, financing, and distribution deals.
Word is out that Oracle intends to increase prices on MySQL. The news is not a surprise -- we predicted it 18 months ago when the deal was announced. Although it would be convenient to blame Larry Ellison, the fact is that Red Hat did the same when they acquired JBoss.
The use of mobile apps is exploding, and many mobile apps today use open source software. In fact, a recent study by OpenLogic found open source – including many GPL-type licenses – in 88% of Android apps and 41% of iPhone/iPad apps analyzed, yet many app developers and app store owners don't have processes in place to ensure compliance with open source licenses. Non-compliance with open source licenses can lead to lost revenue as well as potential legal action.
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