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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 a free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate. She is the Community Outreach Director for the Open Invention Network, the world's largest patent non-aggression community which serves Linux, GNU, Android and other key FOSS projects. She’s won... Read More →

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

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