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Webinar: GPLv2 Licensing History

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This OpenChain Webinar features an overview of GPLv2 licensing fragmentation based on research initiated by Philippe Ombredanne of NexB and continued by Armijn Hemel of Tjaldur Software Governance Solutions. The key takeaway is that a significant number of variations exist (40 “vanilla” copies from the FSF or GNU website, 12 with the Linux kernel linking exception in the Linux kernel), but the impact of these variations is nuanced. The requirements do not change but the variability may throw errors for automation and review. Process awareness is required.

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This is OpenChain Webinar #48, released on 2023-02-15.

Webinar: OSSelot: The Open Source Curation Database

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This OpenChain Webinar features OSSelot, an open source curation database recently launched by OSADL in Germany. This project addresses one of the most requested features around open source automation for open source compliance: an open, public database supporting SBOM (via SPDX ISO/IEC 5962) for common software packages. This could be a game-changer.

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This is OpenChain Webinar #47, released on 2023-01-25.

Webinar: FOSSLight (Korean with Chinese and Japanese Subtitles)

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This webinar covers FOSSLight, a new open source project for open source license compliance from the Korean community. This is a quiet landmark for the OpenChain Project: our first non-English global webinar is presented in Korean with Simplified Chinese and Japanese subtitles.

There is one request that comes with this webinar: if you are interested in FOSSlight please considering helping to translate it into more languages.

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This is OpenChain Webinar #40, released on 2022-04-06.

Webinar: Semi-Automated Clearing Of Files With Proximity Matching

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This webinar returned to automation topics with a review of how clearing can be made faster by using techniques like proximity matching. While approaches like this inherently depend on the technical ability of user companies, and their individual determinations of accuracy or risk, they do suggest avenues to increase efficiency-at-scale.

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This is OpenChain Webinar #39, released on 2022-04-22.

Webinar: The Mulan License

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This webinar unpacked the Mulan license family, an emerging activity from China with implications regarding the governance of open source as it expands around the world. Providing licenses designed in non-English languages is a topic that will be increasingly important, and is something companies will benefit from being aware of.

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This is OpenChain Webinar #37, released on 2022-02-23.

Webinar: Netfilter and McHardy Settlement

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This webinar provided a case study of the settlement between the Netfilter Project and Patrick McHardy, a concluding chapter of the long-running “copyright trolling” concern that had caused concern in the open source community for nearly a decade.

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This is OpenChain Webinar #36, released on 2022-02-08.