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Open Source Counsel

$180,500- $303,240
Posted Jun 28
Full Time
Los Angeles, California


TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok's global headquarters are in Los Angeles and Singapore, and its offices include New York, London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo.

Why Join Us
Creation is the core of TikTok's purpose. Our platform is built to help imaginations thrive. This is doubly true of the teams that make TikTok possible.
Together, we inspire creativity and bring joy - a mission we all believe in and aim towards achieving every day.
To us, every challenge, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity; to learn, to innovate, and to grow as one team. Status quo? Never. Courage? Always.
At TikTok, we create together and grow together. That's how we drive impact - for ourselves, our company, and the communities we serve.
Join us.

About the team
As an Open Source Counsel in our Global IP team and Open Source Program Office (OSPO), you will collaborate with internal partners to develop and implement open source strategies and compliance programs that direct how we consume, contribute to, and create open source. This will ensure that our business goals are met while we earn the public's trust in our open source practices. You will also support open source initiatives across both our internal and external communities and potentially engage external open source committees. Your expertise in open source compliance and law will allow you to create scalable compliance programs, promote an open source culture, and assist TikTok in building technical trust and exploring new open source IP areas.

- Advising clients on various topics, such as open source software, open source AI, other open technologies, software licensing, and compliance with open source licenses.
- Collaborating with security and engineering teams to develop efficient software tooling and processes to enable compliant open source use in TikTok's products at scale.
- Working with OSPO to faciiliate TikTok’s engagement with the open source community.
- Implementing policies, procedures and trainings, which are related to open source usage in TikTok's products, as well as participation in and contribution to open source projects, and ensuring compliance with legal obligations in relation to these activities.
- Working closely with experts from other legal teams, including product, patent, copyright, privacy, antitrust, and corporate law, to address relevant issues.


Minimum Qualifications
- Juris Doctor (or equivalent international degree) and membership in at least one US state bar.
- 5+ years of experience providing legal advice, including related to open source, either at a law firm or in-house.
- 2+ years of experience counseling on intellectual property and contract issues specific to open source, with strong knowledge of open source licenses. Alternatively, 2+ years of experience in product counseling or patent prosecution, whereas open source software is frequently involved.
- Experience drafting agreements or policies for open source.

Preferred Qualifications
- Strong organizational, advocacy, communication, and negotiation skills.
- Able to provide effective guidance to all levels of business, legal, and engineering clients while balancing legal risks with business interests.
- Demonstrates sound judgement and is capable of managing multiple projects concurrently.
- Highly motivated and self-driven with the ability to quickly learn new legal areas and skills.
- Comfortable with distributed work environments, collaborating across time zones, different communities, groups, and cultures.
- Background in computer science, engineering, or relevant technical fields (or equivalent experience).

TikTok is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Our platform connects people from across the globe and so does our workplace. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. To achieve that goal, we are committed to celebrating our diverse voices and to creating an environment that reflects the many communities we reach. We are passionate about this and hope you are too.

TikTok is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment processes for candidates with disabilities, pregnancy, sincerely held religious beliefs or other reasons protected by applicable laws. If you need assistance or a reasonable accommodation, please reach out to us at

Job Information:

【For Pay Transparency】Compensation Description (annually) The base salary range for this position in the selected city is $180500 - $303240 annually.​ Compensation may vary outside of this range depending on a number of factors, including a candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies and experience, and location. Base pay is one part of the Total Package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work, and this role may be eligible for additional discretionary bonuses/incentives, and restricted stock units.​ Our company benefits are designed to convey company culture and values, to create an efficient and inspiring work environment, and to support our employees to give their best in both work and life. We offer the following benefits to eligible employees: ​ We cover 100% premium coverage for employee medical insurance, approximately 75% premium coverage for dependents and offer a Health Savings Account(HSA) with a company match. As well as Dental, Vision, Short/Long term Disability, Basic Life, Voluntary Life and AD&D insurance plans. In addition to Flexible Spending Account(FSA) Options like Health Care, Limited Purpose and Dependent Care. ​ Our time off and leave plans are: 10 paid holidays per year plus 17 days of Paid Personal Time Off (PPTO) (prorated upon hire and increased by tenure) and 10 paid sick days per year as well as 12 weeks of paid Parental leave and 8 weeks of paid Supplemental Disability. ​ We also provide generous benefits like mental and emotional health benefits through our EAP and Lyra. A 401K company match, gym and cellphone service reimbursements. The Company reserves the right to modify or change these benefits programs at any time, with or without notice.​