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Case
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Reference no. 9-806-121
Subject category: Entrepreneurship
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 2006
Version: 8 March 2007
Revision date: 25-Aug-2011

Abstract

Black Duck Software involves a venture-backed start-up that converted software developers' concerns about violating copyright licensing agreements or open source protocols into an opportunity to help firms use technology to better manage their compliance efforts. Requires students to wrestle with the uncertainties of copyright compliance as they decide whether Black Duck should certify that their clients' code is non-infringing. Also raises questions about which growth opportunities Black Duck should pursue.
Location:
Size:
35 employees, USD75 million revenues
Other setting(s):
2006

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Abstract

Black Duck Software involves a venture-backed start-up that converted software developers' concerns about violating copyright licensing agreements or open source protocols into an opportunity to help firms use technology to better manage their compliance efforts. Requires students to wrestle with the uncertainties of copyright compliance as they decide whether Black Duck should certify that their clients' code is non-infringing. Also raises questions about which growth opportunities Black Duck should pursue.

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Location:
Size:
35 employees, USD75 million revenues
Other setting(s):
2006

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