Turning a "blind eye" to open source use in your enterprise is not the best way to address the licensing issues that accompany the software. Yet a recent survey found that only 41 percent of companies currently employ some kind of open source licensing policy.
Said policies range from getting verbal permission from a manager before downloading software to establishing specific lists of programs that are pre-approved for internal and external use. Speaking at LinuxWorld, OpenLogic's Stormy Peters encouraged participants to be proactive about open source licensing issues. More specifically, says vnunet.com, she recommends the "pre-approved lists" approach.
Such policies will prevent unintentional license violations that could potentially prove costly, the story says, and they will also "prevent unpleasant surprises" like employees making unauthorized contributions to projects or participating in project discussion lists.