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Collaboration on Open Source software protection.

Barracuda Networks : 10 October, 2007  (Company News)
Barracuda signs agreement with the Open Invention Network for the joint protection of open source intellectual property.
Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, and Barracuda Networks have announced that Barracuda Networks has signed a license agreement. By becoming a licensee, Barracuda Networks has joined the growing list of companies who are supporting OIN to ensure Linux-based and open source intellectual property protection.

Barracuda Networks joined OIN to help secure the future of Linux by building a legally protected environment where developers can innovate freely. A large number of Barracuda Networks' products utilise the Linux Operating System.

Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert their patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux and open source - helping to fuel economic growth. By developing a web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license its patent portfolio, OIN and its members are creating a shielded Linux Ecosystem that is a deterrent against organisations looking to harm or slow the pace of Linux and open source growth and adoption.

"As we grow the Linux Ecosystem, we are pleased to have Barracuda Networks become a licensee," said Jerry Rosenthal, CEO of Open Invention Network. "Barracuda Networks is one of a growing number of companies that value the openness and collaborative culture of the Linux and open source communities."

"Barracuda Networks is strongly committed to promoting the use and adoption of open source software," said Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks. "We are proud to support Open Invention Network in its mission."

Barracuda Networks is an active member of the open source and free software communities, donating hardware, code, funds and other resources to fuel open source technology innovation and collaboration. Barracuda Networks combines its own technology with open source technology to provide affordable, easy-to-use and powerful network security appliances.

Open Invention Network has accumulated more than 100 strategic, worldwide patents and patent applications. These patents are available to all licensees as part of the patent portfolio that OIN is creating around, and in support of Linux. Through the accumulation of patents that may be used to shield the Linux System, including users of Linux software, OIN has reduced the need for offers of protection from others.

This makes it economically attractive for companies that want to repackage, embed and use Linux to host specialised services or create complementary products. Additionally, it helps ensure the continuation of innovation that has benefited software vendors, customers, emerging markets and investors.
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