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Is Free Software really free? Regulating Open Source

Is Free Software really free? Regulating Open Source

Abstract
Free Software, often called: Open Source, has become common practice for everyone. Yet many still fear the phenomena. That fear, often unjustified, leads to conflicts between R&D and Legal, between the acquiring and the acquired companies, and as a whole between the industry and open source advocates. We will harness the beast, learn what it takes to safely use open source code and earn some practical tips along the way. 

About Dan Or-Hof 
Dan Or-Hof practices law since 1998. He is admitted to the Israel Bar and the New York State Bar. He practices IT and computer law, Internet law, information privacy and data protection, media and entertainment law and communications regulation. Dan received his LLM from Tel Aviv University and University of California Berkeley (Summa Cum Laude) (2006), and his LLB from Tel Aviv University (1997). He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)

Dan is the founder and owner of Or-Hof Technologies & IP Legal Services, and an entrepreneur. Dan's legal practice focuses on maximizing his clients' interests. His work method is focused on understanding the client's business and needs, becoming an integral part of the client's team and directing results driven processes. 

Dan practices law in a highly evolving information technology environment. Along common IT and Internet related transactions and compliance procedures, Dan covers the legal grounds of cloud based services, big-data services, open source software, electronic signatures, biometrics, augmented reality, online monetization, digital rights management, monitoring systems and more. 

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  • Stephen D.

    Sides should be read with the EU regulations I posted. Bottom line is go for it. Any small legal hassle can be sorted out afterwards ( with free software that hasn't been copyrighted.)

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    read the slides, didn't see anything I didn't previously know (I have been a Free Software advocate for two decades, like I said). the only thing I was bothered by was the Open Source = Free Software simplification. I see the code's license as just one part of the bigger picture, Freedom of software requires also Free standards, freedom from software and other patent limitations, usage of Free protocols, interoperability, etc. Think of the Lego philosophy of Unix if you will. Small parts that can be put together in standardized ways (well documented API, plaintext configurations editable by third party tools, etc). In the best case examples, it goes all the way into the code's design and style, leaving it easy to study, learn, extend and revise.

    Most importantly, it's guarding of the users' rights, rather than the creator's rights alone. Just saying "Open Source" does not cover all of that.

    December 11, 2013

  • Stephen D.

    I didn't get back in time to Zion to make the MeetUp. Dan Or-Hof's presentation is excellent. Have a sqiz Actually It is worth printing and studying if you are using Open Source Software.

    If you think you have synergy with me now or perhaps in the future, do send me an invitation to connect and then follow it up with an inmail. Darori Capital Luxembourg invests in Early Stage Start Usps either from its own resources and or by leading a syndicate of investors.in 3XC is also looking for outsourced service providers. ( only long term) http://www.linkedin.com/in/stephendarori

    December 10, 2013

  • Boris F.

    Great presentation and usefull discussion. Thanks a lot!

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Avner A.

    The presentation can be found in:
    http://www.meetup.com/IGTCloud/files/

    December 10, 2013

  • Motty C.

    It was a good and enlightening presentation, where can I find it?

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Stephen D.

    Yitzhak Sapir I suppose you are talking about my Word Press Blog. Start a Word Press Blog and you will see that their isn't a selection of same and similar widgets at all , only one and all are optional and free. There are also two levels of Premium available if you use the Blog Commercially but in over a decade never needed Premium options ever..

    December 6, 2013

  • Stephen D.

    The problem with Open Source Languages is that they really don't cost a dime to use but everyone wants a piece of the development ( of the language) action , with the result that there is very excessive duplication of modules. The time spent finding the best modules, some time from 1000's of the same or similar , is a huge waste of time and tags a monetary value on using Open Source Languages. check out the European Parliament (legal) take on this issuehttp://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/workshop/join/2013/474400/IPOL-JURI_AT(2013)474400_EN.pdf

    I flew to the Uk today, so will miss what will be an amazing presentation by Dan. I am Stephen Darori on Linkedin , send me an invitation to connect and then an inmail if you think we have or could have some synergy .

    December 5, 2013

    • Stephen D.

      Yitzhak Sapir Hi . Not sure what you mean. Of all the Blog Platforms I think Wordpress is the most developed if you use all the widget options. I have more than one Blog on a whole variety of subjects. Blogging is a hobby, nothing more. It is just a co-incidence that Ezra made an "ism" in his comment.

      December 5, 2013

    • Yitzhak S.

      It is also just a coincidence that you just praised an open source project for being the most developed and with the widest selection of widgets.

      December 5, 2013

  • Dan O.

    Thank you all for attending and see you in my next IGTCloud presentation. Dan.

    December 5, 2013

  • Stephen D.

    Dan Or-Hof I am not prejudging you at all. On the contrary you are correctly tagged as a leading Computer Law Specialist with people like Naomi Assia ( her expertise is more in Security) . Anyone who uses any the Open Source languages , must understand where they stand from a point of the Law, in Israel, in the EU and especially the US . I will unfortunately not be back in Zion until the early hours of Friday Morning so will miss this presentation. But do post the presentation there after. Good Luck Anything organised by Avner Algom is certainly worth while.( and organsied)

    December 5, 2013

    • Dan O.

      Stephen, my comment was meant for Ira. I will post my presentation. Dan.

      December 5, 2013

  • Ami S.

    Great presentation by Dan

    December 5, 2013

  • Stephen D.

    עירא
    Not sure at all what your point is . Microsoft has many, many digital properties that are absolutely free . None of Freenium limitations that either irritate you enough to upgrade to Premium ( if you are stupid enough) . Mostly Freenium limitations cause you to leave the application and run like a bat out of hell. No idea really how to close the perception gap. anyone have suggestions.

    December 4, 2013

    • Dan O.

      Ira, thanks for sharing these thoughts. They are interesting and important. Yet, I think that you are misjudging or pre-judging me. My role is to help companies use OSS, not to drive them away from it. I also think that you will be a bit surprised to hear what I have to say in my presentation. Please join tomorrow and let's have a word afterwards.

      December 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks but I'll be attending another conference in Jerusalem, so it's not really an option. Also I don't really care about the legal side of this, more about the sociology. As for pre-judging - I only tell it like it sounds like from the title and description. You choose to use words of restriction and confinement.

      December 4, 2013

  • Avi A.

    In search of "open source masters", who know how to build libraries like: Poco / Boost with g++ / gluescript, but on win/xp environment.

    ...from inside CodeLite or from outside with CMake both on win/xp.

    December 4, 2013

  • Stephen D.

    The Microsoft Digital Property that I find most useful is Security Essentials which is far, far superior that Norton, Symatec . McAfee, bitfender and a zillion other ones. Microsoft Essentials has never ever been penetrated and is now embedded in Windows 8.1 and actively supported by Microsoft. and it realy is absolutely free and non- invasive .

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/stephendarori

    December 4, 2013

  • Jonathan S.

    Looking forward to the meetup, Dan Or-Hof is an exceptional speaker and very knowledgeable on the subject at hand.

    December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So Microsoft is hosting a meeting about FOSS now? Oh, it's about regulating and "harnessing the beast"... OK, I thought for a minute that Hell froze over...

    December 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well, it's really your title and not Microsoft's , so can you explain the choice of words? I've had a very lucrative career for the last 20 years based on the unregulated and unharnessed creativity and flexibility of Free Software.

      December 2, 2013

    • Dan O.

      ... and I wish you additional 20+ years of creativity, yet on a corporate level, you need to handle OSS properly... and yes, whether foss is really free, is a good question. You are welcome to attend and comment.

      December 2, 2013

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