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Tuesday, October 14


OSLiC & OSCAd – Free License Advice for All - Kristian Schuhmacher, Amadeus IT Group
It's not always easy to comply with open source licenses. All those licenses with different requirements – plus don't forget all the possible use cases you have! That's why we bring you the new and improved versions of OSLiC and OSCAd 2.0 (aka “Open Source License Compendium” and “Open Source Compliance Advisor”).

To support your legal team, OSLiC now contains 300 pages of detailed license information for many of the OSI approved licenses. However, for those who hate all the legal stuff and just want a quick and understandable answer, there is OSCAd 2.0. This easy-to-use interactive website is packed with loads of new features – more licenses, more languages, and a fully customisable GUI (plus don't forget the JSON API). All you have to do is answer five simple questions.
These projects are part of a collaboration between the Amadeus IT Group and the Deutsche Telekom.

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Kristian Schuhmacher

System Analyst, Amadeus IT Group
Kristian is currently working for the Amadeus IT Group at their office in Bad Homburg, Germany. He graduated with honours from Aberystwyth University, Wales, having read Computer Science with German. Kristian is now one of the leading members of the Amadeus Open Source Review Board... Read More →

Tuesday October 14, 2014 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Room 14
Wednesday, October 15


Sisyphus is Happy: Experiences From the Fight for Software Legal Compliance - Alexios Zavras (zvr), Intel
Nowadays software is usually a combination of own-written code and FOSS; in some cases it also contains proprietary parts licensed under non-FOSS licenses. This talk will present lessons learned while building a corporate software legal compliance system that is sensitive to the needs of developers while still pleasing the lawyers. It will touch upon different aspects of the set of processes and mechanisms used. Such mechanisms exist to provide answers to questions such as how can FOSS be used; how can FOSS be integrated; and how can FOSS be released? It is obvious that the task of legal compliance involves developers as well as people from legal professions; therefore an important part of structuring any system or set of processes has to be the satisfaction of both these groups of users.


Alexios Zavras

Software Engineer, Intel
Alexios Zavras (zvr) is the Senior Open Source Compliance Engineer of Intel Corp. He has been involved with Free and Open Source Software since 1983, and is an evangelist for all things Open. He has presented in a number of national and international conferences, including past LF... Read More →

Wednesday October 15, 2014 11:15am - 12:05pm
Room 16


Are Trademarks As Important As You Think? - Karen Sandler, Software Freedom Conservancy
Karen will give a brief overview of trademark law and how it impacts free and open source software. She will discuss the ways that trademark management can impact a free software community and provide recommendations for best practices.


Karen Sandler

Executive Director, Software Freedom Conservancy
Karen M. Sandler is Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, the nonprofit home of dozens of essential free software projects. She is known for her advocacy for free and open source software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. She was previously... Read More →

Wednesday October 15, 2014 11:15am - 12:05pm
Room 14


Community Best Practices: Understanding and Using the Developer Certificate of Origin - James Bottomley, Parallels
Now that the DCO is free from the kernel (http://developercertificate.org/) it can be used in any project. This talk begins with why you need a Contributor Agreement (CA) in the first place, explores some of the history and reasons for the various CAs and why Linux was forced to adopt the DCO nearly ten years ago. We will contrast the ten years of DCO experience against some other projects which use more specific CAs and explain the benefits and pitfalls. We will also give advice on best practices around using the DCO, what else is required to make the DCO work correctly and what problems still remain. Finally we will synthesise some conclusions about how much protection the DCO provides and some general advice about whether an additional CA is needed for your project.

The audience is anyone interested in setting up an open source project, participating in an existing open source project or people who just want to be aware of best community practices around projects. 

Understanding the DCO better reduces fragmentation and increases the probability that community projects won't trip over CAs or will end up alienating potential contributors for non technical reasons.  

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James Bottomley

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
James Bottomley is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research where he works on Cloud and Container technology. He is also Linux Kernel maintainer of the SCSI subsystem. He has been a Director on the Board of the Linux Foundation and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board. He went to... Read More →

Wednesday October 15, 2014 11:15am - 12:05pm
Room 01


Collaboration Beyond Development - Co-opetition and the Long Game - Shane Coughlan, OIN
Collaboration around Open Source has lead to common strategic goals for SMEs and multinationals across the world. It is characterised by a social movement of co-opetition - simultaneous competition and cooperation - where companies compete on products but collaborate on platforms. The underlying concept is “Smart Innovation” that empowers everyone to make better products and services. This leads to a corresponding refinement in the way many companies approach “IPR” strategy. Such refinement initially focused on acceptance of Copyright licenses like the GPL but has evolved to include other areas of business strategy. Most strikingly, today the Linux System has the largest patent cross-license community in the world by a wide margin, with EMEA companies being some of the most numerous and active participants. This talk unpacks what is happening and discusses where we are going next.

This talk is suitable for legal and business decision-makers with a governance or strategy role. It does not presume pre-knowledge of existing activities.

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Shane Coughlan

OpenChain General Manager, Linux Foundation
Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication, security and business development. His professional accomplishments include spearheading the licensing team that elevated Open Invention Network into the largest patent non-aggression community in history, establishing the leading professional... Read More →

Wednesday October 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Room 16


Managing License Compliance and Open Source Software Logistics for Cloud-Based Applications - Kirsten Newcomer, Black Duck Software
Software deployment is moving rapidly from “on premises” to service-based and cloud models–requiring developers to upgrade knowledge of OSS licenses. Most OSS licenses were developed around traditional delivery models; however, these models didn’t anticipate advances in cloud computing, which has resulted in some popular licenses having implications for SaaS. With the shift to SaaS and cloud, this new class of licenses (including the AGPL) has become increasingly important. In this presentation, Kirsten Newcomer will review the application of OSS licenses, particularly AGPL and similar licenses, to these services. Newcomer will also review reasoning behind the proliferation in projects with AGPL-type licenses, the new compliance and license complexities introduced by Docker, and the logistical challenges inherent in managing open source in SaaS applications.


Kirsten Newcomer, Black Duck Software

Director Product Management, Black Duck Software
Kirsten Newcomer, Director of Product Management at Black Duck Software, has over 15 years of experience in software management, including product, program and partner management. Experienced in all phases of the software development lifecycle in organizations from small startups... Read More →

Wednesday October 15, 2014 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Room 16


Playing Nice With Patents: Navigating The Legal Landscape For Collaborative Development - Justin Colannino, Till Jaeger, JBB Rechtsanwaelte, Catherina Maracke, Keio University
Growing commercial competition between technology companies has created a new focus on obtaining and enforcing patent portfolios. In this environment, the community must understand the interplay of the patent system with free and open source software development. In particular, we should examine patent licensing mechanisms underlying community development to identify those that encourage collaboration instead of litigation. Looking ahead, project maintainers must find the right legal mechanisms to ensure continued community participation and stability. In this session, community lawyers Catharina Maracke, Till Jaeger, and Justin Colannino will walk participants through several patent licensing schemes currently in use by free and open source software projects, and will discuss improvements and modifications to further protect the community.


Justin C. Colannino

Justin C. Colannino is a lawyer focusing on free and open source software law, patent law, and patent litigation. He currently serves as a law clerk to a U.S. federal judge. As Counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center (2010-2012), he advised free and open source software projects... Read More →

Till Jaeger

Till Jaeger has been a partner at JBB Rechtsanwaelte since 2001. He is a Certified Copyright and Media Law Attorney and advises large and medium-sized IT businesses as well as government authorities and software developers on matters involving contracts, licensing and online use... Read More →
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Catharina Maracke

Associate Professor, Keio University
Dr. Catharina Maracke is an associate professor at the Graduate School for Media and Governance, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, at Keio University. Her current work and interests include intellectual property law and policy, standardization efforts for public licensing schemes, and the general... Read More →

Wednesday October 15, 2014 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Room 16