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Black Duck Searches SourceForge Style

Intellectual property (IP) software firm Black Duck Software announced a partnership with SourceForge.net today allowing it to house a replicated version of the open source software repository.

Customers of Black Duck's protexIP software compliance management platform will use the replicated SourceForge.net to ensure license and IP compliance.

The Black Duck protexIP system helps companies validate whether they are correctly integrating open source materials inside of their applications. The system uses "Code Prints" and licensing information in its knowledge base in order to make the validation.

Black Duck claims that, "protexIP identifies which projects are in use and alerts users to license obligations and conflicts, enabling automated intellectual property policy management across distributed development teams."

The addition of SourceForge.net's repository is expected to improve Black Duck's existing Web Update service for protexIP since direct access means that any new additions to the repository will also be immediately available to Black Duck users.

SourceForge.net is the world's largest open source software repository currently boasting almost 104,000 projects (103,911 actual) and 1.1 million registered users. The replicated version of SourceForge.net is to be located at Black Duck's headquarters in Waltham, Mass., and used by its clients as a comprehensive source of information on open source projects.

In June, Black Duck and VA Software, the parent company of SourceForge.net announced a partnership to integrate Black Duck's protexIP with VA Software's SourceForge Enterprise Edition (SFEE).

SFEE is a separate application from SourceForge.net and is a distributed collaborative tool for developing enterprise class software projects.

In August 2004, Red Hat signed up with Black Duck as part of the Linux distributor's expanded Open Source Assurance Program efforts.