During the past year, some commentators have raised concerns that we are living in a “post-open source software” (POSS) world, in which a new generation of open source developers deliberately or carelessly place code in github repositories without any indication of licensing or any regard to project governance. Others have suggested that behavior may actually be a reaction against the “permission culture” implied by traditional approaches to open source.
This talk will explore the legal implications of the purported “POSS” phenomenon. In particular, the following questions will be addressed: or is this merely an illusory side-effect of the popularity of github?
Richard Fontana is Red Hat’s Open Source Licensing Counsel. At Red Hat he spends his time advising developers about open source licensing, copyright and patent issues, educating non-developers about 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.
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