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Open Source Philosophy, Law, and Practice

  • Jan 28, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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Many of us work with open source software. Some of us swear by it. Let's talk about what open source means, both as a philosophy, and as a concrete legal framework. What are the differences between the open source licenses? When should you open source your code? When is your code your own –or your clients? What are common courtesies in the open source community? What's the best way to get involved in an open source project? Any fun/frustrating stories contributing to projects? When is proprietary software better?

Greg Grossmeier from Creative Commons will be giving a remote talk and Q&A about Creative Commons and Open Source licenses.

Elliott J. R. Church, an actual technology law attorney, will be talking about real court cases involving open source licenses and whether there are real risks to violating them.

Dave Brondsema from SourceForge will talk how to get involved with an open source project, and how to successfully manage an open source project.

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  • Patrick Alan T.

    Great meeting the other night! Saw this link today: A guide to choosing an open source license for your work or project

    http://opensource.com/law/13/1/which-open-source-software-license-should-i-use

    January 31, 2013

  • Gary D.

    Excellent meetup with great information.

    January 30, 2013

  • Chadrick M.

    Lots of interesting info, great people, no wasted time... Thanks all

    January 29, 2013

  • Elliott J. R. C.

    If anyone has general questions in this area; feel free to post them here or send them to me directly. I'm developing a talk on this topic and will try to address your questions in my talk.

    1 · January 4, 2013

    • Bruce B.

      Elliott, could we get the slides that you presented?

      January 29, 2013

    • Ben R.

      Elliott's Slides are available here http://files.meetup.c...­

      January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great info.

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am working on software that I think will have some type of open source licence, but I am not sure which. In the meantime I want to let others/organizations use the software as a trial. What options are there?

    Also, what ways can someone make software open source, yet preserve opportunities to profit from it at some point in the future?

    1 · January 23, 2013

  • Ross H.

    We are still looking for some presenters, so please contact us if you would like to talk for 15-20 minutes about Open Source.

    January 4, 2013

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