In most technology-driven companies – from star-ups to Fortune 500 companies – Open Source Software (OSS) is used to cut development time, reduce licensing costs and utilize industry-standard software. It allows companies to focus their resources on the innovative capabilities they want to introduce to the market. But alongside these benefits, OSS is subject to legal conditions and (some would argue) risks that developers ought to be familiar with and consider in advance. The lecture will discuss the differences between proprietary software and OSS, provide a (brief review) of OSS history, present the different types of OSS licenses, focus on the GPL family of licenses and tackle the challenge of integrating proprietary and OSS.
About the speaker:
Haim chairs the Internet, IT & Copyright Group at PCZL's Herzliya office. As such, he deals extensively with computer & Internet laws, IT contracts, copyright, electronic signature, data protection and open source software.
Nominated by Who'sWhoLegal to be one of the leading lawyers in Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection since 2010, Haim was the Chair of the Praesidium of the IBA Computing Committee and the Israel Bar representative to the Israeli Parliament's sessions on electronic signature legislation. He was a member of the Public Committee for the Protection of Privacy, acting under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice by virtue of the Protection of Privacy Law and he was part of a governmental team that re-examined the Israeli laws pertaining to databases. Haim was a visiting lecturer at the Haifa University Law Faculty and a member of an Israel Securities Authority's committee that formulated a code of ethics for financial websites. He is an Israeli notary and an accreditted mediator. He also serves as an arbitrator with the Israel Bar Association Institute for Arbitrations.