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Thursday, August 30 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
The Tragedy of the Commons Gatekeepers - Richard Fontana, Red Hat

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What is open source? What qualifies as an open source license? These are not mere philosophical questions, but are a real-world concern for developers, businesses, regulators, and others. Yet there have been only three serious attempts to define the legal requirements of free software/open source (the FSF's Free Software Definition, the Debian Free Software Guidelines, and the OSI's Open Source Definition), and they are now quite dated. In this talk, I will explain why these definitions, and the efforts of the organizations that steward them, have been unsatisfactory. I will propose ways in which open source ecosystem participants can collaborate to develop and apply more useful and well-reasoned principles that establish the boundaries of open source.

This talk is appropriate for all audiences, particularly those with interest in open source legal and policy issues.


Richard Fontana, Red Hat

Richard Fontana is Red Hat's open source licensing counsel. His work focuses on advising developers, managers and lawyers about open source licensing, copyright and patent issues, educating non-developers about free software culture, and promoting open standards and intellectual property... Read More →

Thursday August 30, 2012 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
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