Feeds

Palamida lands a Cisco

Pays to play it straight

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Software licensing start-up Palamida has landed a corporate big fish anxious to police its use of open source and third-party software in networking products.

Cisco Systems has signed a five-year, cross-company deal for Palamida's IP AMPlifier. Although Palamida would not provide financial details of the deal, it is believed Cisco could have paid up to $1.25m for the duration of its contract.

While Cisco is not Palamida's first customer, it is the first to go on the record.

Cisco said in a statement it had "long recognized the importance of intellectual property, and our move to automated tools for software IP management [like IP AMPlifier] underscores that."

Palamida chief executive Mark Tolliver told The Register that interest in IPAmplifier is primarily coming from companies who - like Cisco - embed software in their own products or build software for sale, rather than end-users who might be concerned over rogue copies of Microsoft Office.

"[Customers want to know] did you license a graphics sub routine or math library that you will put into your software product... it's more of an OEM relationship where the software becomes part of your software and becomes part of your product," Tolliver said.

He added while many approach Palamida to identify and manage open source licenses, they quickly begin assessing software from commercial, third-party ISVs.

It seems, though, customers are also using IP AMPlifier to keep "in" with the community by helping identify code and pay authors the appropriate royalties. Tolliver cited one customer who did not "want to be perceived as acting inappropriately" in relation to the community. "They may be very influential and may be potential customers - that's the court of public opinion," Tolliver said.

Other uses are less giving, it seems, as customers use Palamida to find out where they are paying for software licenses they aren't using and to stop payment. ®

Related stories

Ex-Sun VP guns for IP violations
Test your own software code for infringement
Open source ahoy!

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.