Richard Fontana

Richard Fontana
Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel, Red Hat, Inc.

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Richard Fontana is Red Hat’s Open Source Licensing Counsel. At Red Hat he spends his time advising developers about copyright and patent issues, educating non-developers about free software and open source culture, and promoting open standards and intellectual property legal reform.

Before joining Red Hat, Fontana was an attorney at the Software Freedom Law Center, where his principal client was the Free Software Foundation. He was co-author, with Richard Stallman and Eben Moglen, of the GNU GPL, version 3.

Sessions

Business, Emerging Topics, Legal
Location: Meeting Room B3
Richard Fontana (Red Hat, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
FOSS can be seen as a new kind of legal system that facilitates sharing rights in code. Viewed in this way, FOSS can benefit from greater public knowledge of code origins and licensing rules. My talk will focus on practical guidance for projects seeking to improve legal certainty in the code they write and use. I will conclude with some longer-term institutional proposals. Read more.
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • SourceForge.net
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • MySpace.com
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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