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Open Source Licensing: Risks and Opportunities for University Innovations

By David Schwartz
Published: July 17th, 2018

As TTOs see larger portions of their portfolios occupied by mobile apps, software, and other innovations that build on existing technologies, it’s become critical to gain a solid grasp of the often misunderstood world of open source licensing. It’s a world that is often accompanied by a myriad of risks as well as opportunities.

On the risk side, about half of the code used in all software, including IoT devices, is open source, with dozens of different licensing terms and obligations. And penalties for failure to comply can be severe, including a complete restriction on selling a product incorporating the open source component.

Then there’s the opportunity side — where a growing number of companies are building big valuations using open source business models, using free software to build customer bases for premium services and products. There’s a lot to learn, and a lot at stake — that’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled the detailed webinar Open Source Licensing: Risks and Opportunities for University Innovations, scheduled for August 7th.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.


Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week, Webinars

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