Open Source Myths
- "You can't take open source software and sell it commercially."
- "You have to make your source code public if you combine it with open source software"
- "Open source software is a patent and copyright nightmare"
There are many preconceptions about using open source software. Many companies successfully, and legally, combine open source software with their proprietary offerings.
Andrew Katz, partner at Moorcrofts, and a former programmer himself, will be giving a brief presentation on the practical steps that companies can take to avoid the “viral” issues that many people perceive to be an issue with open source software, and will demonstrate that by taking some simple steps, companies can take advantage of the vast pool of high quality software code and use it to their own commercial advantage, after which he and the rest of the Moorcrofts team will be available to discuss the issues, and there will also be an opportunity to network over a pint and some nibbles.
Doors open at 6pm, and the talk will start at 7pm, for half an hour (watch out - Outlook might not translate these times properly if you use the calendar link on this page).
Recognised by leading independent law directory Chambers and Partners as a leader in his field, Andrew has been described by the Free Software Foundation Europe as “easily one of the best lawyers in the UK engaging with this sector”. He talks on the subject regularly, and has lectured in Helsinki, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and London, and is a visting lecturer on the LLM course at Queen Mary College, University of London.
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Moorcrofts LLP is a boutique law firm providing corporate, commercial and employment law services to knowledge based industries in the Thames Valley and beyond.