Microsoft Joins OpenChain Project as Platinum Member


As a platinum member, a representative from Microsoft will join the OpenChain Governing Board.

 Microsoft has joined OpenChain project as a platinum member to help define standards for open source software compliance.

Microsoft is the latest addition to the list of OpenChain members. Several other large companies including Uber, Google and Facebook have joined OpenChain project last month.

As a platinum member, a representative from Microsoft will join the OpenChain governing board. Other platinum members of the OpenChain project include Adobe, ARM Holdings, Cisco, Comcast, Facebook, GitHub, Google, Harman International, Hitachi, Qualcomm, Siemens, Sony, Toshiba, Toyota, Uber and Western Digital.

“Trust is key to open source, and compliance with open source licenses is an important part of building that trust,” David Rudin, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft, said in a blog post.

He added, “By joining the OpenChain Project, we look forward to working alongside the community to define compliance standards that help build confidence in the open source ecosystem and supply chain.”

About the OpenChain Project

The OpenChain Project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent.

OpenChain provides a specification as well as overarching processes, policies and training that companies need to be successful in managing open source license compliance so that it becomes more efficient, understandable and predictable for participants of the software supply chain.

Microsoft is also working with the Linux Foundation’s TODO Group, which is an open group of companies who collaborate to create practices, tools, and other ways for running open source programs. The company also joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) last year in October and made its entire patent portfolio available to OIN members.

OpenChain General Manager Shane Coughlan wrote in the blog, “We’re thrilled that Microsoft has joined the project and welcome their expertise. Microsoft is a strong addition not only in terms of open source but also in standardization. Their membership provides great balance to our community of enterprise, cloud, automotive and silicon companies, allowing us to ensure the standard is suitable for any size company across any industry.”



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