Session 1

Title: Open Source License Enforcement: to sue or not to sue
Date: Wednesday 27th Sept
Time: 9.15am (35 min session)

Now that large community open source projects like Linux power the world’s technology, enforcement of open source licenses like GPL has become a serious policy issue for the technology community of the world. As enforcement has matured in the last decade, multiple players have stepped forward to spearhead enforcement — including community enforcers, strategic enforcers, and copyright profiteers. As we move into a new generation of software engineering, community projects are struggling to balance the interests of authors and the interests of users. Ms. Meeker will outline the issues faced by our community, and what is being done to address them.

This talk will explain the effect of open source’s direct licensing model on enforcement, explain which enforcement players are vying for the hearts and minds of developers, and pose potential solutions to discourage disruptive enforcement efforts. To sue or not to sue — that is the question.

Session 2

Title: A Practical Guide to Open Source Software Licensing
Date: Wednesday 27th Sept
Time: 10am (25 mins session)

Heather’s session is a practical guide to help businesspeople, engineers, and lawyers understand open source software licensing. Based on the speaker’s twenty years as an attorney working at the crossroads of intellectual property and technology, this session explains the legal and technical principles behind open source licensing so you can make the right decisions for your business:
Why open source is not a “virus”

  • What the GPL is and how to handle it
  • When and how to conduct open source audits
  • What a user-friendly open source policy looks like

Heather Meeker