Matt Jacobs | Vice President & General Counsel

Matt Jacobs is Vice President and General Counsel at Black Duck Software. Matt oversees the worldwide legal affairs of Black Duck including managing licensing and contract negotiation, managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio and advising senior management on day-to-day legal affairs. Prior to joining Black Duck in 2009, Matt was with Bernstein Shur where he counseled companies on a variety of intellectual property matters, including open source compliance. Before that, he held in-house positions with Cabletron Systems and Standex International. Matt earned his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and holds a master’s degree in business from Plymouth State University.

Recent Posts

This post was co-authored by Benjamin Rosen. Selecting the optimal model for licensing software is a fundamental determination that, if successful, may drive business, encourage innovation, and provide safeguards for valuable intellectual property rights. As a copyright holder, the owner of a

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Creating an open source software policy is a strategic imperative for organizations in the software industry. But what does a strategic policy include, and how can you implement one? What is an Open Source Software Management Policy? Let’s start by defining an open source management policy. It is

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This track examined strategies on how general counsels and legal firms can proactively help clients understand code integrity, identify applicable open source licenses and surface security vulnerabilities. The topics and interactive sessions were far ranging and brought many new insights for

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Best Practices and Real-World Insight for Open Source Legal and Compliance Questions There are solid business reasons to know what’s inside your code when it comes to open source, ranging from helping to ensure an M&A goes smoothly, through offering a clear competitive differentiator to your

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I have the opportunity to speak with people routinely about their organization’s open source use, in regard to open source compliance and security. And whether with prospective customers, with lawyers, audience members at my speaking engagements or in with colleagues, one question comes up

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Originally posted on Help Net Security.  The “Panama Papers” security breach is a juicy, made-for-the-Internet scandal. It has all the elements – secret off-shore accounts; involvement by international politicians, criminals, celebrities and sports stars; 11.5 million files cyber-filched from a

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As General Counsel at Black Duck, I have the unique opportunity to speak with a large number of lawyers about open source software management and reuse. Over the years, these conversations have almost exclusively focused on the license compliance aspect of open source reuse management. Concerns

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As VP and General Counsel at Black Duck Software, I live and breathe open source legal issues day in and day out. While license compliance remains a top priority for most general counsels (GCs), I’ve seen a growing concern for the potential security risks related to companies’ increasing use of

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Would you ever buy a car without looking under the hood? Or a house without having an inspector comb over every inch to check for potential problems you could run into down the road? No. This same investigative mentality should be applied when a company is evaluating whether or not to merge with,

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Today, the rapid proliferation of software, particularly open source software (OSS), means it’s time for engineers and general counsels to have a serious talk about open source. Unfortunately, this is an important discussion many in-house lawyers are ill prepared to have. First, general counsels

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