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Monday, August 17 • 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Use More Free and Open Source Software at Work: How to Approach the Legal Department - Andrea Casillas and Deb Nicholson, OIN

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Many companies, schools or projects could benefit tremendously from using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), but free software enthusiasts and institutional gatekeepers are coming from very different perspectives. FOSS interacts with two very different types of "Intellectual Property" tools, more commonly referred to as copyrights and patents. Understanding how some of the most common FOSS licenses function, using a consistent guideline for code contributions and making use of community resources, will make adoption much more feasible -- no matter how big your project is. Once the legal department is assured that they won't be reinventing the wheel, all that remains is to choose the FOSS governance tools that best support the business model or project goal.

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Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Outreach, Open Invention Network
Deb Nicholson is the Director of Community Outreach at the Open Invention Network, the Community Manager at MediaGoblin and a board member at OpenHatch. She helps software projects of all sizes understand the implications of free and open source licenses and the current patent landscape. She has been invited to speak at free and open source software conferences on several continents including LinuxCon Europe, FISL (Brazil), Linux Con Australasia... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2015 2:20pm - 3:10pm
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