If you use software in the delivery of your services and products to your customers, you will be using OSS. There are huge benefits to using OSS, but it comes with a unique set of risks. Managing OSS risks within an organisation is difficult, as there are multiple stakeholders with varying levels of understanding of the organisation’s policies and the legal risks involved. Deloitte Legal has experience of supporting clients in this distinct area.
Consequences of non-compliance or misuse of OSS:
- Being legally required to publicly disclose source code to your proprietary software
- Legal disputes and damages claims with OSS authors, customers and suppliers
- Adverse impact to IP value and protection
- Reputational damage