DevOps Building Blocks

Open Source Software Licenses – What You Need To Know

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Check out this course to learn more about how to:

  • Increase your awareness of OSS licensing.
  • Explain why licenses are important to you when using Open Source Software.
  • Identify some of the risks if you are unaware of OSS license requirements.
  • Explain how Sonatype’s Nexus Lifecycle can help you.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Target Audience

The target audience for this course is anyone looking to learn more about Open Source Software (OSS) licenses.

Estimated Time to Complete

30 minutes

System Requirements

There are no system requirements for this course.
The product version used in this course may be different than your own. The screens may have a different display, but the content and concepts remain generally the same.

Setting Expectations

We’ve designed this course to help you understand more about OSS licenses. It’s not intended to make you an expert. Instead, consider it a first step on your path to learning more.

Finally, the information presented is not intended as legal advice. Consult your company’s legal counsel for any decisions related to open source licensing.

Jerry Gergel
Jerry Gergel, Customer Success Engineer

Recently, Jerry Gergel (one of Sonatype’s awesome Customer Success Engineers) discussed Open Source Software licenses at the Nexus User Conference. The talk was a huge success, and now we’ve made it a full-featured learning module. We hope you enjoy.

Watch this video to learn more about this course.

Refer to our Glossary for more information on any of the terms used throughout this course.

Ratings and Reviews

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13 Ratings
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Posted 1 week ago
Broad Overview of Open Source Licenses

Good introductory material to the landscape of open source license and how Nexus Lifecycle helps you make good policy decisions related to OSS licenses.

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Posted 4 months ago
Excellent Course - Highly Recommended!

Great and very comprehensive presentation of a topic that is complex.

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Posted 5 months ago
Fully dependency scenarios

Detailed dependency types, risks and an overview of how Sonatype helps

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Posted 8 months ago

It was a nice approach to understand what open source really means and how it is interrelated with other concepts

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Posted 9 months ago
How to adjust your lifecycle tool to match my employer's policies

My employer told me to help my colleagues get heir OSS licenses in shape. To do that, I need to understand your tool. The OSI explains the differences between various licenses quite well. I need to know how to tweak your tool settings to match policies set On High. When I missed a question you didn't tell me which or how I got it wrong. I would rather read than attend to a talking head.

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Posted 10 months ago
Learning DevSecOps and OSS

Learning licensing aspects of OSS

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Posted 1 year ago
OSS remediation

Very nice course !!

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Posted 1 year ago
Clear and Concise

Great overview on licenses. It highlights the consequences of not being properly informed and how Sonatype can help prevent / remediate potential issues.

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Posted 1 year ago
Great foundation on a topic that most developers don't really understand but should.

I have a much better understanding of the difference between open source licenses and the risk they can pose to companies who do not pay attention to what licenses might dwell in their applications.

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Posted 1 year ago
Theory and practice

A course with theoretical and practical session, with the possibility of trying what has been acquired

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