Open source software licensing

Introduction: What is open source software?

Open source software (OSS) is a software programme with a source code that anyone can check, modify, and update. It is usually developed in a collaborative manner and released under a licence that allows the developer to inspect, change, and distribute the software to anyone for any purpose. The way an organisation can use an open source software programme depends on its licence. Hundreds of diff erent open source licences are available; each has its own terminologies and restrictions. The two main categories of OSS licences are permissive and copyleft.

Introduction: Current situation overview

With an increase in the use of OSS in organisations, managing and optimising OSS effectively is important. This can help organisations manage risk, compliance, and security vulnerability associated with open source components consumed internally.

Business need for OSS compliance

Open source software come with certain requirements, which when not followed can lead to legal, operations and security issues.

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