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What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Open Source Software

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 64 minutes
Recorded Date: April 18, 2018
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  • What is Open Source Software (OSS)?
  • Why should OSS matter to you?
  • Baseline definitions and cleaning up common misunderstandings
  • OSS: Where it comes from and associated issues - Compliance and Security
  • What’s the solution?
  • GDPR
  • Key takeaways
Runtime: 1 hour and 4 minutes
Recorded: April 18, 2018


Data shows that most companies are greatly undercounting their use of open source software (OSS), leading to potential legal and security concerns that need to be respected and tracked. Additionally, customers are expecting higher levels of compliance. This begs the question, what is your legal team’s role in managing compliance and security vulnerabilities associated with OSS?

There’s a real and immediate need for your legal counsel to understand open source software and the accompanying legal obligations and potential business impact to your company. This is true for large enterprises as well as small-to-medium sized businesses. Open source licenses are just like other licenses, meaning there is tremendous value in keeping an accurate inventory—aka “bill of materials” (BOM)—of open source software and licenses, both from a security and compliance perspective. Open source management is also an important part of day-to-day operations for Merger & Acquisition (M&A) and security response.

Join Marty Mellican, Associate General Counsel at Flexera, as he discusses the need for process and lawful management of Open Source Software.

This program was recorded on April 18th, 2018

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Marty Mellican

VP & Associate General Counsel

Marty Mellican is the Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Flexera Software LLC in Itasca, Illinois.

Mr. Mellican graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2005 where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 2005. Mr. Mellican manages all aspects of Flexera Software’s legal needs, including all agreements related to licensing both on premise and cloud software and providing related consulting services, mergers and acquisitions, corporate entity management, third party intellectual property licensing, employment matters and export compliance.

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