GCLUG - Guest Speaker on Software Copyright, Patents and Licensing

Welcome to the May Guilford County Linux Users Meetup Group Event. Once a month we get together to meet-n-greet with other Linux enthusiasts to share experiences and knowledge.

This event includes:

Introductions and refreshments - Members introduce themselves and meet other members. 

Get to know the meeting sponsors - The group is provided a short introduction to the event's sponsor(s) and have a chance to ask questions.

Ask the Group - a question/answer period where members who have Linux questions may ask the group for help. Beginners and experts alike get to share knowledge and help find solutions.

A Presentation - The Basics: Software Copyright, Patents and Licensing
 Doug will use Title 17 and Title 35 of the U.S. Code and case law interpreting those Titles as a framework for discussion. Don't know what those are? Good, you'll learn something. Additionally, he'll talk about a prominent form of contract in the software field: the license. Most importantly, Doug wants to answer your questions, with the caveat that he is not licensed to practice law in North Carolina and the presentation will not be legal advice.

Presenter - Douglas A. Whitfield
Doug began working in IT in 2002. In 2007, he co-founded the Carolina Open Source Initiative and ran Software Freedom Day activities in Chapel Hill. In 2008, he finished his master's thesis of free software. Shortly after, he began a Linux desktop initiative at the Epic Systems Corporation, a $1.7-billion revenue healthcare software company and soon became president of the Madison Linux User Group. That year also saw Madison, WI join the Open Everything movement under his leadership. In 2010, he began a weekly podcast dedicated to legally remixable music called Music Manumit (one of the default podcasts in gpodder!). In 2012 in began the Netizen Empowerment Federation. In 2013, he started the only free culture licensed sports podcast. In 2014, he graduated from the University of New Hampshire's Franklin Peirce Center for Intellectual Property and started Free Culture Baltimore.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I left my jacket at DQ on Monday. I'm going to be driving back through tomorrow on the way back to Baltimore. Who is the best person to contact about arranging picking that up tomorrow morning (or potentially early afternoon)?

    May 20, 2014

    • Pat C.

      I saw it last night on the coat hanger in the training room.

      May 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      fantastic thanks! The plan is to leave here around 9:30 which puts us there around 11:30 assuming no complications.

      May 21, 2014

  • Pat C.

    Cool presentation! Thanks to:
    1) Doug Whitfield for the presentation. It was very informative
    2)Cornell from TekSystems for the food and drinks. 3)Everyone who attended for supporting your GCLUMG!

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Pete M.

    Sorry folks, another chaotic Monday here at work. In the field during surveys until 7pm. I will be there for the June meeting. I think we should think about recording some of these presentation sessions and have stream on demand on the GCLUG site, for those folks that may not be able to make some of these great presentations. Just a thought. ;)

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If people have specific things they'd like me to cover, please feel free to let me know!

    1 · April 30, 2014

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