Posted on April 26, 2008 in Fossology, HP, IP by Brian RoweComments Off

How FOSSology can help untangle the open source software licensing mess and more!

Fossology is the study of open source licensing and FOSS. The FOSSology project started out as an internal development effort at Hewlett Packard. HP is partnering with the Linux Foundation to provide an online tool and data repository for tracking and analyzing open source software and associated licenses.

Dan’s presentation explained the basics of how the FOSSology tool works. Most of the questions from the audience were focused on the legal ramification of the tool. This could be a powerful tool for assisting in litigation of license violation.