The Software Compliance Academy was launched in 2016 as an independent training and consulting firm to support companies establish high-level software compliance systems, train staff members, and provide on demand consulting services with a special focus on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
While Free and Open Source Software development has tremendously benefitted from (open) technical standards, the variety of different FOSS licenses and the question of compliance with different license obligations still create too many friction points and high transaction costs. This is especially true for today’s software supply chain: Almost all companies active in the software industry receive software packages from various different sources to be implemented in their products before sold or licensed. Using FOSS in externally distributed products carries important responsibilities: Companies must ensure compliance with applicable license obligations at the same time they protect their intellectual property and that of third-party suppliers and customers. Failure to comply with license obligations can result in severe consequences, such as loss of license, breach of contract, recall of shipped products, financial penalties and personal liability of corporate management. In order to understand and manage legal risks associated with third party software, it is critical to establish a company-specific FOSS compliance process and corresponding training programs for responsible staff..
Instead of re-creating almost identical internal procedures and policies and thereby replicating efforts in every single company involved in the software supply chain, the first industry standard for describing the key requirements of a quality open source compliance program has been designed by the OpenChain project (an initiative within the Linux Foundation https://www.openchainproject.org/).
The Software Compliance Academy works as an official partner of the OpenChain project to support its clients in setting up OpenChain conformant compliance programs including OpenChain certification. OpenChain Third-Party Certification is available through our partner Tuev Sued (TPS Standard PPP 15001A). Interested parties should get in touch with the Software Compliance Academy team at firstname.lastname@example.org