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Wednesday, October 24 • 16:15 - 16:55
Promoting Greater Predictability in Open Source License Enforcement - Richard Fontana, Red Hat

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Open source licensing benefits from de facto standardization. Most open source software is covered by a small set of non-customized, widely used licenses. Up to a point, this standardization reduces uncertainty around license interpretation, encourages adoption of open source software, and allows licenses to function as "constitutions of communities".

But this same standardization also means open source licenses operate as shared legal resources, which gives rise to certain risks when the licenses are examined by courts. This talk will explain those risks, which center around the danger that a few individuals can have an outsized adverse impact on large license-using communities, owing to inherent limitations in judicial systems.

This talk will also discuss ways in which legal and developer communities can protect shared open source license resources, several of which are currently underway.

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Richard Fontana

Senior Commercial Counsel, Red Hat
Richard Fontana is Senior Commercial Counsel - Products and Technologies at Red Hat. His work focuses significantly on open source legal matters. He is also a board member of the Open Source Initiative. Richard is a frequent public speaker on topics at the intersection of open source... Read More →

Wednesday October 24, 2018 16:15 - 16:55 BST
Cromdale Hall A, Level -2