Open Source Due Diligence in M&A and Financing
In a recent Black Duck survey, 82% of developers reported using open source software while only 22% of the respondent’s companies have a formal policy or controls governing its use. The widespread adoption and use of open source software has helped development organizations accelerate software schedules. However the uncontrolled use of open source introduces unknown and hidden licensing risks as well as intellectual property issues. Depending on how the open source software is used can cause inadvertent dilution or loss of the organization’s intellectual property (IP) and hence its value. Problems can surface at inconvenient times such as during M&A due diligence or financing events, causing delays in the process, adversely affecting valuations, and imposing unwanted contingencies.
What you'll learn:
* The challenges associated with software development that is increasingly relying on open source software integrated with proprietary code
* Real life examples where software asset values have been negatively affected by discovery of open source and associated IP issues
* How to minimize or eliminate due diligence delays associated with software asset auditing, licensing and compliance
* How to maximize your company’s potential valuation
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