SOURCE: OpenLogic


November 10, 2011 14:51 ET

OpenLogic Survey Shows 73% of Android Developers Uncertain About Open Source License Compliance

OpenLogic Surveyed Android Developers at AnDevCon II Conference

BROOMFIELD, CO--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - OpenLogic, Inc., provider of enterprise open source solutions for the cloud and the data center, today announced the results of a new survey, showing that only 27% of Android developers have an open source compliance process. For this research, OpenLogic surveyed 57 developers attending the Android Developers Conference (AnDevCon II) in Silicon Valley from November 6-9, 2011.

Survey Results:

  • 61% of Android developers stated that they use open source software components in their Android apps, while an additional 16% were unsure
  • 73% of Android developers have no open source compliance process in place or are uncertain whether a process exists in their organization
  • 28% of Android developers do not audit for open source software components at all, while another 48% rely on self-reporting by developers
  • Only 20% of Android developers use scanning tools to identify open source code

Applications that contain open source components are required to comply with the rules of all relevant licenses, such as the GPL or Apache license. Applications that fail to comply may be subject to legal action or removal from app stores.

Today's new AnDevCon survey confirms the results of research that OpenLogic conducted earlier this year, finding that 71% of Android, iPhone, and iPad apps containing open source failed to comply with basic open source licensing requirements. For that study, OpenLogic used its OSS Deep Discovery scanning tool to scan 635 leading mobile applications in order to identify open source components and evaluate compliance with the relevant licenses.

"The majority of Android apps in the marketplace today contain open source, but most developers don't have a compliance process in place. The end result is a high rate of non-compliance as we found in our earlier research," said Kim Weins, senior vice president of products and marketing at OpenLogic. "Non-compliance with open source licenses is typically not purposeful, but rather caused by a lack of awareness and visibility into open source usage. We hope that this survey and our previous research can help shine a light on the problem and encourage companies to move toward compliance "

For more information about complying with open source licenses, please visit

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 scanning and governance -- reducing the risk and maximizing the cost savings associated with using open source software. For more on OpenLogic, go to

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