SOURCE: OpenLogic

December 17, 2009 08:10 ET

OpenLogic Launches Open Source Fulfillment Center

New Offering Helps Companies Comply With GPL and Avoid Legal Action Such as Recent SFLC Lawsuits Around BusyBox

BROOMFIELD, CO--(Marketwire - December 17, 2009) - OpenLogic, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source software solutions encompassing hundreds of open source packages, today announced Open Source Fulfillment Center, an OpenLogic service that helps companies ensure compliance with open source licenses and avoid lawsuits such as happened with fourteen well known consumer electronics manufacturers this week who are alleged to have violated terms of the GPLv2.

"Companies that distribute open source software under certain licenses must also offer source code, and the instructions needed to build the object code," said Jason Haislmaier, a well-known open source lawyer and partner at Holme, Roberts and Owen, LLP. "This week's copyright infringement lawsuit by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) filed against 14 well known consumer electronics manufacturers underscores the importance of understanding and complying with all the open source software embedded in your products."

Although launching this service officially today, OpenLogic has offered its Open Source Fulfillment Center to larger clients for some time.

OpenLogic's Open Source Fulfillment Center includes the following services:

--  Advisory and Planning: OpenLogic offers its customers advice on the
    development of the processes and procedures needed to comply with the open
    source licenses, including distribution of source code. This includes a
    review of proposed processes by outside legal counsel with expertise on
    open source licensing.
--  Application Audit and License Analysis: OpenLogic's experts use a variety
    of tools to scan and analyze software and identify any embedded open source
    code. OpenLogic provides its customers with a warranted and indemnified
    report of open source software and licenses, the relevant license
    obligations, potential license conflicts and a "compliance checklist."
--  Fulfillment: In order to comply with the terms of the GPL, companies must
    offer the open source code to its customers. This can be challenging with
    many consumer products where the open source software is embedded in the
    product. OpenLogic's Open Source Fulfillment Center includes an online web
    site (created and hosted by OpenLogic) where customers can download the
    appropriate open source code as well as a physical fulfillment option.

Benefits of OpenLogic's Open Source Fulfillment Center

--  Expert, Independent Advice: OpenLogic experts will advise and guide
    customers through the process in order to comply with applicable open
    source licenses. OpenLogic has expertise in a broad range of open source
    projects and can provide independent best practices on complying with
--  Avoid Legal Concerns: OpenLogic helps customers uncover, understand and
    implement the open source license obligations associated with open source
    software you distribute.
--  3rd Party Validation: OpenLogic experts will validate the customer's
    compile, build and upgrade instructions to ensure they are accurate and
    meet the requirements of all licenses, including the GPL.

"OpenLogic has become a one stop shop for open source support, governance and procurement," said Steve Grandchamp, CEO of OpenLogic. "Our Open Source Fulfillment Center helps companies to be confident they are in compliance with the GPL and other open source licenses, allowing our customers to focus on their core businesses."

Other resources:

--  Software Freedom Law Center Dec 14, 2009 press release: Best Buy,
    Samsung, Westinghouse, And Eleven Other Brands Named In SFLC Lawsuit

About OpenLogic

OpenLogic is a leading provider of open source solutions that enable enterprises to safely acquire, support, and control open source software. OpenLogic provides enterprises with a certified library of open source software that encompasses hundreds of the most popular open source packages via OpenLogic Exchange (OLEX), a free web site where companies can find, research, and download certified, enterprise-ready open source packages on demand. With the broadest open source coverage in the industry, OpenLogic offers indemnification; updates; and enterprise-grade technical support backed by the OpenLogic Expert Community. OpenLogic also provides solutions for open source governance and to automate the integration and deployment of open source components -- reducing the risk and maximizing the cost savings associated with using open source software. For more on OpenLogic, go to

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