Free and Open Source Software Law - Then, Now, Next
This talk explores how Open Source Software legal affairs have evolved over the last five years, and what is likely to emerge during the next five. It covers the transition from early license compliance through to modern code governance, and how becoming a mainstream technology changed the type of risk associated with Open Source. Drawing on the experience of Linux in mobile and embedded, it proposes that some future challenges are speculative rather than technical, and that effective legal strategies are inherently intertwined with business planning. This talk is intended for project leaders, legal experts and managers who want to understand copyright, trademark and patent challenges in the context of the commercial market. It will be delivered in accessible language by one of the most experienced figures in this area, based on his work supporting Linux and wider FOSS technologies.