Open Source Licensing Risks and Requirements: Contract Compliance, Copyright Infringement, Monitoring

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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This CLE course will prepare counsel for companies using open source software to understand and address the legal risks of open source licensing. The panel will provide best practices for ensuring compliance, minimizing infringement and monitoring.


Open source software makes up as much as half of the code used in software and imposes licensing conditions on developers. Using open source software offers many benefits but also comes with risks and costs, including potential liability for failure to comply with licenses or infringing third-party IP rights.

To avoid possible claims of copyright infringement, or other claims, licensees and their counsel should manage and account for their open source use to ensure they adhere to the conditions of the license.

Listen as our authoritative panel of IP attorneys examines the risks and requirements of open source licensing. The panel will also discuss compliance enforcement and infringement as well as monitoring software development to ensure open source license compliance.



  1. Open source license conditions
  2. Open source license compliance processes and policies
  3. Infringement vs. compliance risks
  4. Enforcement efforts


The panel will review these and other noteworthy questions:

  • What are the typical legal conditions that come with an open source license?
  • What are the legal risks facing companies using or redistributing open source software?
  • What are best practices to ensure compliance with open source license agreements?
  • What are best practices if you receive a noncompliance claim?


Meeker, Heather
Heather Meeker

O’Melveny & Myers

Ms. Meeker practices in the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice group and is a Founding Portfolio Partner at...  |  Read More

Myles, Gideon
Gideon Myles

Director, Intellectual Property

Mr. Myles is Head of IP at Dropbox where he specializes in a variety of IP issues, including overseeing Dropbox's...  |  Read More

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