YGB-7042 The State of Open Source Licensing | Devoxx

The State of Open Source Licensing


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Neuilly 253

jeudi at 17:10 - 17:55

Open source licenses provide the basic legal tools used by developers to overcome barriers to collaboration and improvement imposed by copyright law. This talk will give an overview of some of the more interesting legal issues around the current state of open source licensing.

We will address the purported decline of the GPL and copyleft, the apparent trend of 'post-open source software' (public source repositories with no explicit license), the use of open source licenses to deal with software patents, and the controversy over projects requiring contributions to be made under non-open-source CLAs.

Richard Fontana Richard Fontana

Richard Fontana is a lawyer who has specialized in open source legal issues for the past decade. He is currently Senior Commercial Counsel for Products and Technologies at Red Hat. Richard is a frequent public speaker on topics at the intersection of open source, law and policy.

Richard is also a board director of the Open Source Initiative.