Using open source is a no-brainer today, as basically every software product makes use of existing open source software. Unfortunately, managing the usage of open source software is not as easy as it sounds in the first place. Copyright law, open source licenses and their obligations, and simply the identification of which software is used transitively and which licenses and copyrights apply to this software are real obstacles and companies still struggle to set up a proper infrastructure to deal with these.
Ensuring Open Source compliance is a necessary step for organizations building software based products today. The usage of 3rd party components needs to be identified, metadata has to be retrieved in order to fulfill license obligations. Eclipse SW360 and SW360antenna allow to automate this process reducing the effort of project teams to ensure license compliance for the built product.