Open Source for Open Source License Compliance

  • Oliver Fendt
  • Michael C. JaegerEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 556)


Today, many software systems are of a level of complexity that no single company can implement modern solutions alone. Thus many companies engage in the open source software (OSS) ecosystem to keep the development costs manageable. But the usage of third-party components (both OSS and commercial) also mandates the need of a license compliance process supported by suitable tools. This paper is focused on using open source tools and relevant processes for open source license compliance. OSS license compliance is a very important topic, and requires appropriate processes, culture, and tools.

This work is based on extensive practical industrial experience and broad use at Siemens AG. We first describe the process and culture, then a set of tools. We complement this with related work in the community and future directions.


License compliance License scanning Component inventory Open source management 


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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Siemens AG, Corporate TechnologyMunichGermany

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