The awareness how to deal with Open Source licenses and what steps a company should take to be license compliant took some time to evolve. This is important, among others, because license compliance is part of company compliance and failure to comply may entail serious consequences for the management. In close collaboration with specialized attorneys OSADL offers the corresponding know-how and best practices from every day's routine. Furthermore, OSADL has developed a formal certification procedure, the so-called OSADL License Compliance Audit (LCA). This audit helps companies that distribute Linux in a compliant way and mark their products accordingly. In case gaps are detected during the audit, OSADL helps twice:
- OSADL makes specific proposals to close these gaps and
- OSADL defines clear concepts how to optimize the affected processes.
If the audit is successful, the client is issued a certificate along with the report, and the audited product can be marked with the LCA hallmark.
In case a company needs to repeatedly check its products for license compliance, OSADL offers the more process-oriented Supplier License Compliance Audit (SLCA). The SLCA qualifies the processes of the company with respect to the fulfillment of the Open Source software license requirements.
For more information please go to: lca.osadl.de