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Legal Talk for Techies - Using Open Source and Staying out of Court

"Free and Open Source Software" starts with the word "Free" but it's a bit more complicated than that.

There are many free software licenses, including GNU GPL (General Public License), BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), Apache License, Lesser GPL, Affero GPL, and more.  Open Source projects often have different licensing terms with results that may surprise you (and not in the fun way).  As a software developer, you should understand their implications for you and your startup.

Ron Phillips, attorney AND software startup founder, explains the nuances of copyrights, how they're created and what rights are enforceable.  He'll also go over -

  • the primary model licenses that are most commonly used with open source software,
  • what legal obligations and limitations each carries, and
  • where they can present issues for different kinds of software.


Speaker: Ron Phillips

About Ron:

Ron Phillips is a software startup founder, software architect, IP attorney and author.  He currently directs global software development operations for RPI from its headquarters in Seattle.  Ron is admitted to the state bars of Washington and Wisconsin.


7:00 - 7:30 Sign in and networking
7:30 - 8:30 Presentation and Q&A
8:30 - 9:00 Networking

If you're a current paying member of Eastside Incubator, please email me ( _at_ to sign up.

Come learn and ask an expert your IP and licensing questions. See you on 1/28.


This event is sponsored by Geekology.



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  • Jomit

    Excellent speaker, great participants, very good questions and answers. Overall a very fruitful session.

    January 29, 2014

  • Frank P.

    Ron is a great speaker, this will be a very good talk!

    1 · January 26, 2014

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