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Wednesday, September 19 • 5:00pm - 5:35pm
Free and Open Source Software Law - Then, Now, Next - Shane Coughlan, Opendawn / OIN

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This talk explores how Open Source legal affairs have evolved over the last five years, and what is likely to emerge during the next five. It covers the transition from early license compliance through to modern code governance, and how becoming a mainstream technology changed the type of risk associated with Open Source. Drawing on the experience of Linux in sectors like mobile and embedded, it proposes that future challenges are broader than technical concerns, and that effective legal strategy will be inherently intertwined with business planning.
This talk is intended for project leaders, legal experts and managers who want to understand copyright, trademark and patent challenges in the context of the commercial market. It will be delivered in accessible language by one of the most experienced figures in this area, based on his work supporting Linux and wider FOSS technologies.


Shane Coughlan

Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication methods and business development. He founded the European Legal Network, helped establish the first law review and law book dedicated to FOSS, and co-founded the Binary Analysis Tool project. He owns Opendawn consultancy and is Executive Director at OpenForum Europe, Regional Director Asia at Open Invention Network, and a Visiting Researcher at Shimane University. He has delivered speeches and lead... Read More →

Wednesday September 19, 2012 5:00pm - 5:35pm
Conference Room 1

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