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Understanding and Auditing the Licensing of Open Source Software Distributions

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Understanding and Auditing the Licensing of Open Source Software Distributions
—Free and open source software (FOSS) is often distributed in binary packages, sometimes part of GNU/Linux operating system distributions, or part of products distributed/sold to users. FOSS creates great opportunities for users, developers and integrators, however it is important for them to understand the licensing requirements of any package they use. Determining the license of a package and assessing whether it depends on other software with incompatible licenses is not trivial. Although this task has been done in a labor intensive manner by software distributions, automatic tools to perform this analysis are highly desired. This paper proposes a method to understand licensing compatibility issues in software packages, and reports an empirical study aimed at auditing licensing issues in binary packages of the Fedora-12 GNU/Linux distribution. The objective of this study is (i) to understand how the license declared in packages is consistent with those of source code files, and (...
Daniel M. Germán, Massimiliano Di Penta, Ju
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where IWPC
Authors Daniel M. Germán, Massimiliano Di Penta, Julius Davies
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