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September 16, 2008 - Maria Woods and Jason Haislmaier

September IP Section Luncheon
Open Source Update 2008

September 16, 2008, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Denver ChopHouse, Large Banquet Room
The past year has been very active with respect to the growth and elevated profile of legal issues relating to open source software. As development and deployment of open source projects continues to expand, so too has the complexity of the legal issues involved,   In this environment, software users and licensors can ill-afford to ignore the impact of the legal issues posed by open source software.  Companies that are not taking steps to implement open source compliance measures on their own terms are increasingly finding themselves required to comply with terms set by someone else or may be leaving themselves exposed to claims by open source licensors or their competitors.   This session discussed the changing open source legal landscape and what you need to know to stay on top of the legal issues posed by these changes.
Topics included:

·        Changes in Open Source Compliance: How to evolve your open source compliance efforts beyond merely risk mitigation to help add value to your business;
·        The"BusyBox" Lawsuits: The first lawsuits filed in the U.S. seeking to enforce the GNU General Public License (GPL), brought by the developers of the popular open source software application BusyBox;
·        Open Source Software Patent Infringement: Software patents asserted by and against users and developers of Linux and other open source software such as Red Hat, Novell, Sun Microsystems and Net App; and
·        The Impact of GPL: The ongoing use and adoption of version 3 of the most popular open source license in the world.