Open Source Software: Understanding and Managing the Risks
Open source software is now very widely used and 73% of respondents in a recent Accenture report stated that “open source is changing the way business operates”. In August, a major study found that 79% of IT developers use open source in their development projects and view it as a ‘silver bullet’ that can allows simultaneous improvement along all three dimensions of the software “iron triangle” of cost, schedule, features. Yet many companies do not have a formal structure to manage the use of open source software and to ensure compliance with open source licenses. Major industry players have been sued for lack of compliance. As reported in the news, Oracle has sued Google for breach of the Apache license in its Android product (and patent infringement). Companies need to ensure that they understand these risks and manage them.
The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key experts to help address the technical and legal issues associated with Open Source.
Key topics covered:
- Overview of open source software
- Understanding the key provisions of the major open source software licenses
- Analyzing hybrid products which include proprietary and open source software
- Establishing an effective plan to manage the use of open source software and compliance with open source licenses
- Summary of new tools for managing software
This 2-hour LIVE webcast was specifically tailored to keep you abreast on Open Source developments and updates. Join this course by clicking on the “Register” button below. Hurry as space is limited and as a bonus, early bird registrants will receive a substantial discount.
1. Background on OSS and what OSS means.
2. Discuss the fact that the risks of OSS have been misunderstood and that OSS use is now widespread
3. OSS licenses vary dramatically from the "copyleft" licenses such as GPL to the "permissive" licenses such as Apache
4. Companies need to manage OSS use because customers are demanding to know how OSS use is being managed and lawsuits such as those concerning Busybox are being filed also need to manage for M&A and investments, due diligence
5. Management of OSS requires a process which ensures that problems are raised early and provide a process for dealing with them.
Who Should Attend:- General Counsel - Outside Counsel - Engineering Executives/Managers
Mark F. Radcliffe concentrates in strategic intellectual property advice, private financing, corporate partnering, software licensing, Internet licensing and copyright and trademark.
Leading international legal publishers consistently rank Mr. Radcliffe among the top lawyers in his profession. The respected English publishers Chambers and Partners has repeatedly named him inChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and has described him as "outstanding" and "a leader in open source-related matters." Legal 500 also recognizes him, commenting: "His expertise in providing strategic IP advice, with particular specialism in open-source matters, has won him plaudits. Indeed, one client describes him as 'probably the best lawyer in his field.'"
Additionally, Mr. Radcliffe is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2004, he was named one of Northern California's Top 100 intellectual property Super Lawyers, in a joint project of Law & Politics and San Francisco magazines.
He is also listed in The International Who's Who of Internet and e-Commerce Lawyers 2008 and in numerous other guides, including the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009, the 2003 Expert Guide – The World's Leading Trademark Lawyers and many annual editions of The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. In 2009 and 2010, Intellectual Asset Magazine named him among the "IAM 250 - The World's Leading IP Strategists." In 1997, the National Law Journal cited him as one of America's 100 most influential lawyers. The San Francisco Business Times has named him among the best lawyers in the San Francisco Bay area.
Mark F. Radcliffe concentrates in strategic intellectual property advice, private financing, corporate partnering, software licensing, Internet licensing and copyright and trademark. …
Victoria Lee is a partner in DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities practice, based in Silicon Valley. She concentrates her practice in strategic intellectual property counseling, technology procurements and transfers, manufacturing agreements, distribution and licensing agreements, open source business models and licensing issues, document retention policies, general business counseling, private and venture financing, and startup companies. Her practice includes representation of public and private companies in the software, hardware, networking, semiconductor and electronic commerce industries.
Ms. Lee also assists emerging growth companies in corporate formations, and she represents both investors and companies in venture financings, including companies with corporate venture funds, corporate partnering and other strategic alliances.
The respected research publisher Chambers & Partners recognizes Ms. Lee in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, calling her a “leading open source lawyer.”
Victoria Lee is a partner in DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities practice, based in Silicon Valley. She concentrates her practice in …
Greg joined the Olliance Group as Senior Business Development Executive in 2005 and was promoted to Senior Partner in 2008. Greg has over 25 years of software industry experience in engineering, marketing, sales and business development. He was most recently Chairmanand EVP of Business development with Sendmail, Inc, and continues to serve on their Board of Directors. As founder and chief executive of Sendmail, Greg created one of the first hybrid business models incorporating open source with market positioning and licensing models that have become standards for open source business, raised over $60 million of investment capital to realize this new model as a high-growth technology business, and built the company to a recognized leading vendor in Internet email with strong presence in North America, Europe and Japan.
Prior to Sendmail, Greg served as vice president of marketing for Integrated Systems, Inc., the largest provider of software and services to the embedded computer systems industry. Before Integrated Systems, Greg was VP of Strategy at Sybase, where he developed the company's Internet strategy in 1995 with founder Bob Epstein and managed a wide range of product and business initiatives. During his six years at Sybase, the company’s revenue grew from $80 million to over $1 billion. Greg joined Sybase from Britton Lee, Inc., where he held a wide range of executive positions including Chief Technical Officer, Vice President of Marketing, Vice President of Customer Services and Director of Software Development. Greg holds a BS degree in Information Sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Greg joined the Olliance Group as Senior Business Development Executive in 2005 and was promoted to Senior Partner in 2008. …
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