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As open source adoption has grown, many organizations have failed to keep up with the requirements for using it. It is essential to understand requirements around licensing, copyright and other aspects of intellectual property when using open source technologies, but organizations often lack subject matter expertise in these topics.
The OpenChain Project maintains the International Standard for open source license compliance. This allows companies of all sizes and in all sectors to adopt the key requirements of a quality open source compliance program. OpenChain previously partnered with Linux Foundation Training & Certification to develop a free online training course, Introduction to Open Source License Compliance Management (LFC193), to communicate the basic concepts and approaches needed for an open source compliance program. Today we are announcing a follow on course, Implementing Open Source License Compliance Management (LFC194).
The 2 hour online course provides knowledge of how an open source compliance management system should be structured and implemented to be most effective. This course is intended for software developers, project managers, legal associates, and executive decision makers who already know the basics of what open source software is and how copyrights work – potentially from completing LFC193 – and are ready to take the next step towards building a formal compliance program for their organization.
Topics covered in the course include why it is important to conduct an open source review and who is involved in this process and why, as well as the steps necessary to achieve end-to-end compliance. Developer guidelines that are recommended to be followed when using open source code and contributing to open source projects and communities are also explored.
This course was created by a collaborative effort in the OpenChain Project, which has an Education Work Group focused on developing reference materials in response to market demand. Special thanks are due to authors Jari Koivisto, Martin Yagi and especially Balakrishna Mukundaraj. As Work Group Chair he went above and beyond in managing and completing the course material. Other contributions were provided via comments by a diverse group of stakeholders.
Enrollment is open now. Those who do not already have basic knowledge of open source software, licenses and copyrights should consider first taking the free Open Source Licensing Basics for Software Developers (LFC191) and Introduction to Open Source License Compliance Management (LFC193) courses. Take the next step on your journey to achieving a sustainable open source compliance program today.