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Seminar

Open Source as a Legal System

Red Hat's Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel

March 21, 2012
DCC 324 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Abstract:

In this talk Richard will argue that open source can usefully be thought of as a unique international property rights system that exists in tension with "real" country-specific systems of intellectual property law. The open source legal system is based not on statutes or court decisions but on norms of code sharing practices that originate in the customs and traditions of developer/user communities. I will discuss ways in which this system can be improved by making it more legally certain and predictable.


Bio:

Richard is Red Hat's Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel. His work focuses on advising developers, managers and fellow lawyers about open source licensing, copyright and patent issues, educating non-developers about free software culture, and promoting open standards and intellectual property law reform. Prior to joining Red Hat, Richard was Counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he advised free software and open source projects and foundations. He was co-author, with Richard M. Stallman and Eben Moglen, of version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3), the first update of the most widely used free software/open source license in over 15 years.

Last updated: March 21, 2012


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