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Open Source License Clinic

Open Source Initiative

Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Open Source License Clinic

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The Open Source Initiative (OSI) will host a small open source license clinic as part of its non-profit educational mission, in collaboration with federal agency participants and the Washington D.C. technology community. 

Who Should Attend? The clinic is designed as a cross-industry, cross-community workshop for legal, contract, acquisition and program professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of open source software licenses, and raise their proficiency to better serve their organizations objectives as well as identify problems which may be unique to government. Discussion of licenses and issues in straight-forward terms make the clinic of value to anyone involved in the lifecycle of a technology decision/acquisition or strategy for internal software development.

Your Moderator: The morning will be moderated by OSI board director and license committee chair Mr. Luis Villa.  Mr. Villa is currently Deputy General Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously he was an attorney at Greenberg Traurig and Mozilla, where he worked on the revision of the Mozilla Public License (MPL).


Open Source Licenses 201  - A tour of standard open source software licenses and their most common use.

Invited Expert Presenters & Panelists

  • Ms. Vicki Allums, Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Defense
  • Mr. Mark Bohannon, Vice President Corporate Affairs & Global Public Policy, Red Hat Software
  • Mr. Jim Jagielski, OSI board director and President, Apache Foundation
  • Mr. Mike Milinkovich, OSI board director and Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation
  • Mr. Luis Villa, OSI board director and Deputy General Counsel, WIkimedia Foundation
  • Dr. David Wheeler, Analyst, Institute for Defense Analyses

Round Table: A panel of experts representing open source community, industry and government will discuss key licnesing issues.  Audience participation encouraged, questions will be taken from the floor.  Some of the topics discussed will include:

  • What are the common barriers - real or perceived - in government adoption of open source with regard to the licenses under which the software is distributed? What are the successful approaches to overcoming these? Where are the reference models in this regard?
  • What are the challenges for industry or open source community in working with federal agencies? Who has been successful in overcoming these?
  • How are government agencies distributing their own code under open source licenses? Include external shareholders in the process?
  • What is the rational behind license non-proliferation? Does government need special license? What are the case studies or history in this area?

Please Note: You must register to attend the clinic; the clinic will be limited to the maximum capacity of the facility.

The clinic is designed to educate and provide a forum for discussion, and should not be construed as legal advice.  Attendees should consult with their own legal counsel before making decisions regarding software licenses.

You can join us on Lanyard, the social conference site, at http://lanyrd.com/2013/open-source-license-clinic-dc/

Have questions about Open Source License Clinic? Contact Open Source Initiative

When & Where

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE
Madison Building, 6th Floor, Dining Room A
Washington, DC 20540

Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Open Source Initiative

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, founded in 1998. OSI is the steward of the Open Source Definition (OSD) and the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving licenses as OSD-conformant.

OSI’s mission is global in scope, and was formed to educate about and  advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.


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