New Offering Helps Companies Comply with GPL and Avoid Legal Action such as Recent SFLC Lawsuits Around BusyBox
BROOMFIELD, Colo. December 17, 2009 - OpenLogic, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source software support and open source governance solutions encompassing hundreds of open source packages, today announced Open Source Fulfillment Center, an OpenLogic service that helps companies ensure compliance with open source licenses and avoid lawsuits such as happened with fourteen well known consumer electronics manufacturers this week who are alleged to have violated terms of the GPLv2.
"Companies that distribute open source software under certain licenses must also offer source code, and the instructions needed to build the object code," said Jason Haislmaier, a well-known open source lawyer and partner at Holme, Roberts and Owen, LLP. "This week's copyright infringement lawsuit by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) filed against 14 well known consumer electronics manufacturers underscores the importance of understanding and complying with all the open source software embedded in your products."
Although launching this service officially today, OpenLogic has offered its Open Source Fulfillment Center to larger clients for some time.
Advisory and Planning: OpenLogic offers its customers advice on the development of the processes and procedures needed to comply with the open source licenses, including distribution of source code. This includes a review of proposed processes by outside legal counsel with expertise on open source licensing.
Application Audit and License Analysis: OpenLogic's experts use a variety of tools to scan and analyze software and identify any embedded open source code. OpenLogic provides its customers with a warranted and indemnified report of open source software and licenses, the relevant license obligations, potential license conflicts and a "compliance checklist".
Fulfillment: In order to comply with the terms of the GPL, companies must offer the open source code to its customers. This can be challenging with many consumer products where the open source software is embedded in the product. OpenLogic's Open Source Fulfillment Center includes an online web site (created and hosted by OpenLogic) where customers can download the appropriate open source code as well as a physical fulfillment option.
Expert, Independent Advice: OpenLogic experts will advise and guide customers through the process in order to comply with applicable open source licenses. OpenLogic has expertise in a broad range of open source projects and can provide independent best practices on complying with licenses.
Avoid Legal Concerns: OpenLogic helps customers uncover, understand and implement the open source license obligations associated with open source software you distribute.
3rd Party Validation: OpenLogic experts will validate the customer's compile, build and upgrade instructions to ensure they are accurate and meet the requirements of all licenses, including the GPL.
"OpenLogic has become a one stop shop for open source support, governance and procurement," said Steve Grandchamp, CEO of OpenLogic. "Our Open Source Fulfillment Center helps companies to be confident they are in compliance with the GPL and other open source licenses, allowing our customers to focus on their core businesses."