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Palamida Named Sponsor at Knowledge Congress' Event “Open Source Software: Mitigating the Legal and Security Risks Live Webcast,” on 2/23/2016

New York, NY, January 14, 2016 --( Palamida teams up with The Knowledge Group for its upcoming webcast entitled “Open Source Software: Mitigating the Legal and Security Risks Live Webcast.” This two-hour event will be held on February 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET.

About Palamida

Palamida provides products and services for software composition analysis. Our customers identify and track open source and other externally-written software in their development projects in order to manage and secure their software against risks resulting from intellectual property infringement and security vulnerabilities. Palamida analysts have conducted thousands of audits projects (billions of lines of code) ranging from quick one-day inspections to comprehensive due diligence projects to multi-product internal baselines. In all cases, our analysts use Palamida Enterprise Edition software as well as extensive domain expertise to produce a highly readable and actionable report. Reports can be tailored to specific requirements and can include open source and commercial content, analysis of subcomponents, multi-media content, and cut-and-paste source code. Palamida Professional Services play a crucial role when time is tight and domain expertise is essential in auditing for open source use.

KC Event Synopsis

The use and creation of Open Source Software is based on respecting the Open Source Licenses which are the backbone of the ecosystem. These licenses detail the required obligations that are to be followed if someone desires to use these Open Source Components. Research shows that the typical company is comprised of more than 50% open source software while these same companies are only away of less than 2% of their OSS usage. This lack of knowledge leads to license infringement, legal concern and vulnerabilities being left unpatched.

In Versata v. Ameriprise, Versata's proprietary software, Distribution Channel Management (DCM), used an open source XML parsing utility licensed under GPLv2 from XimpleWare. Versata licensed its DCM software to Ameriprise, a financial services company. Versata sued Ameriprise and other Versata customers for copyright and patent infringement for allowing a sub-contractor to de-compile their software. Ameriprise alleged that Versata's DCM came under the GPLv2 license, thus allowing the de-compilation. The text of the GPLv2 license had been stripped out of the open source portion of DCM.

Previous license infringements may have been resolved peaceably. But, this case may set a precedent for compensation for damages and injunctive relief. Furthermore, a lawsuit between Oracle and Google over copyright protection for implementation of Java APIs in the open source Android mobile operating system is another worth watching. A federal appeals court ruled that the code, structure, sequence, and organization of the API packages are entitled to copyright protection. This raises the possible need for API licenses for users.

Companies need to have an internal review of open source software licensing policies whether the software is supplied directly, with acquisitions, or from consultants.

In a two-hour live Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will review recent litigation cases regarding Open Source Software and help companies in Mitigating Legal and Security Risks. The panel of speakers will provide the audience with a discussion of the increasing risk of litigation over open source software and help companies formulate sound compliance policies to avoid the most common risks and pitfalls.

Key topics include:

· Open Source Software - A Legal Primer
· Open Source Compliance Failures
· Lessons from Legal Cases in Open Source Software
· Versata v. Ameriprise (GPLv2 Licensing)
· Oracle v. Google (Copyright Protection for APIs)
· Open Source Licenses Requirements
· Mitigating Legal and Security Risks
· Best Practices

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group, LLC is a series of live webcasts produced by The Knowledge Group, LLC, which examine trends, regulatory, and technology changes across a variety of industries.
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