Open Source and Intellectual Property - Busting [some of] the Myths

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B204

Excerpt

"If it's open source, that means it's public domain, right?" "Well, it's fair use if you only copy 5% of it." "I know, let's get a trademark and then nobody can use our idea!" A discussion of common myths about intellectual property and how it applies to open source.

Description

A discussion of common myths about intellectual property and how it applies to open source. I’ll probably take examples from the various mailing lists (e.g., license-discuss), as well as questions I’ve been asked in the past. This will likely include a basic primer on patent, copyright and trademark law. Not intended as a tutorial for how to comply with license requirements!

Speaking experience

Open Source Bridge 2009 and 2010 (attended 2011), many other talks to groups of lawyers and non-lawyers about IP issues, sometimes also involving open source.

Speaker