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05 January 2011, 11:50

IP management firm Protecode joins the Linux Foundation

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Linux Foundation Logo The Linux Foundation has announced that Protecode has become its newest member. Founded in 2006 and based in Ottawa, Canada, Protecode is an Intellectual Property (IP) management company that provides products and services for open source software licensing and copyright management, as well as software IP management and code portfolio mapping.

According to the Foundation, Protecode will join its pan-industry initiative known as the Open Compliance Program. Launched in early August, the new program is an initiative to help companies comply with open source licences through the use of tools, training, self-assessment and a standard format for reporting licence information.

Protecode Logo Discussing the announcement, Protecode Director of Product Management Kamal Hassin said, "Companies today are building products with software code from multiple sources, which is creating advances in time-to-market and cost reduction but can also introduce licensing complexities," adding that, "The Linux Foundation’s Open Compliance Program provides a critical and collaborative resource to address the maturing software development environment. We’re looking forward to being a part of this effort".

The Linux Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the task of promoting the growth of Linux. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, is himself sponsored by the foundation.

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