The Linux Foundation's OpenChain project helps organizations meet open source licensing requirements. At the Open Compliance Summit in Yokohama, Japan, it was announced today that Google, Facebook and Uber have joined the project as platinum members.
As platinum members, the three companies are admitted to the Board of Directors. Shane Coughlan, General Manager of OpenChain, says the project is mature, a logical point for three major technology companies.
"Facebook, Google and Uber are the perfect additions to this formal industrial standard and highly scalable across multiple markets. In particular, we ensure we can clearly communicate the benefits of OpenChain, and we can clearly demonstrate that the diversity and knowledge of our board is also available, "Coughlan told TechCrunch.
As companies that use significant amounts of openness source code, these three organizations in particular hone the profile of the project. "Facebook, Google and Uber are really interesting, because they are in strong competition with each other and form a single solution. And I think that's one of the most important messages today. Companies that are strong rivals in many markets, all see a single coherent approach to compliance with open source standards in the supply chain and put their weight behind. "
Google has built its own compliance processes for years and sees this project, launched in 201
Because applications use open source libraries, it is up to the developers and their companies to make sure they use the project's code defined in the license. The Linux Foundation, an umbrella organization for many popular open source projects, has created the OpenChain project to encourage developers to meet these needs.