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New deal boosts open source licence compliance

Intellectual property compliance software firm Black Duck has signed deals with two major open source resources, SourceForge.net and the Eclipse Foundation.

Intellectual property compliance software firm Black Duck has signed deals with two major open source resources, SourceForge.net and the Eclipse Foundation.

Similar arrangements have been made by rival firm Palamida, in a move aimed at boosting the use of open source software, while ensuring that businesses comply with license obligations.

Black Duck has announced a partnership with SourceForge.net, the world's largest Open Source collaborative development site, which will see the software company hosting a duplicate of SourceForge.net’s open source repository at its headquarters.

The deal will allow users of Black Duck’s protexIPTM software compliance management platform to tap into SourceForge’s huge library of 103,000 open source projects.

The protexIPTM system uses code print and licensing information from open source projects to validate correct use of open source material in applications and to identify and alert users to license obligations and conflicts.

Black Duck also announced the release of a plug-in that will integrate protexIPTM with the open source Eclipse tool integration platform.

When users build code in Eclipse, the protexIP plug-in will inspect it for software that may have originated from other sources and produce reports of licensing obligations and conflicts.

Palamida chief executive Mark Tolliver confirmed similar agreements with Eclipse and SourceForge on his weblog. The Eclipse deal would give the firm “a chance to be part of the software development process directly”, while the SourceForge link would greatly expand its compliance database.

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