• Microsoft
  • Nebula
  • Google
  • SugarCRM
  • Facebook
  • HP
  • Intel
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • WSO2
  • Alfresco
  • BlackBerry
  • Dell
  • eBay
  • Heroku
  • InfiniteGraph
  • JBoss
  • LeaseWeb
  • Liferay
  • Media Temple, Inc.
  • OpenShift
  • Oracle
  • Percona
  • Puppet Labs
  • Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.
  • Rentrak
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.
  • SourceGear
  • Urban Airship
  • Vertica
  • VMware
  • (mt) Media Temple, Inc.

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Richard Fontana

Richard Fontana
Counsel, Red Hat, Inc.


Richard Fontana is a lawyer at Red Hat, with particular responsibility
for legal issues arising out of the software development process.
Richard specializes in copyright, trademark and patent issues,
technology transactions, free software/open source issues, computing
technology standards, data privacy and protection, information
security, and legal matters relating to cloud computing. Richard is the
sole open source legal specialist at Red Hat, which is the world’s
largest provider of open source-based enterprise software and cloud
solutions, and he has been an active and influential public speaker on
matters at the intersection of open source, law and policy. In
addition, Richard is an Individual Member-elected Board Director
of the Open Source Initiative.


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Richard Fontana (Red Hat, Inc.)
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Formal contributor agreements give rise to a number of social, economic and ethical problems, threatening to undermine many of the advantages of open source development, without offering any real legal benefits. Projects and their sponsoring organizations should implement explicit but informal contribution policies that are grounded in free software tradition and that encourage community-building. Read more.