The Software Freedom Law Center invites counsel, developers, enterprise users, and other members of free and open source software (FOSS) communities to join us once again for our free annual conference to explore legal issues surrounding FOSS, held at Columbia Law School on Friday, November 2, 2018.
We have assembled what we think will be a very lively and interesting program, which you can find summarized below.
The conference is free of charge, but invitation only. It will be held in Room 103, Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027.
If you have not yet received an invitation from us and would like to attend, please email [email protected] requesting one.
NYS Bar members seeking free CLE credit should contact [email protected] for information.
Those unable to attend can follow the conference livestream. This event will be audio and video recorded and livestreamed.
And please join the discussion about our conference using the hashtag #SFLC2018 on Twitter, Mastodon, and LinkedIn. We will be liveblogging the conference on our Twitter account.
The ideas are free as in freedom, and—as always—attendance, continental breakfast, lunch, and the various drinks are free as in beer.
08:30am Registration, Coffee
09:00am Welcome by Mishi Choudhary of the Software Freedom Law Center
09:10am-10:40am SESSION I: Keynotes
9:10am-10:00am Keynote Address - “Google’s Philosophy of FOSS” - Google’s open source compliance philosophy briefly. A talk on topics from Google’s open case book and a discussion on copyright infringement versus contractual breach, joint versus collective works in open source, and how the distinction informs policy.
By Max Sills of Google
10:00am-10:50am Keynote Address
By Julia Angwin of The Markup
10:50am-12:30pm SESSION II: Peace and Its Dividends
10:50am-11:40am “Current Legal Issues in FOSS” - The current state of FOSS licensing and patents is rapidly changing. Where were we yesterday and where are we today?
Moderated by Eben Moglen and Mishi Choudhary of the Software Freedom Law Center, featuring the following talks:
GPL Cooperation and Commitment, by David Levine of Red Hat
Open Chain, by Dave Marr of Qualcomm
Linux Foundation Update, by Mike Dolan of the Linux Foundation
Patents, by Keith Bergelt of Open Invention Network and Nicolas Schifano of Microsoft
11:40am-12:30pm “License Restrictions and Commons Clause” - Additional restrictions modifying existing FOSS licenses are becoming noticeably popular. Is this license proliferation under a new guise? Does it help or hurt business models around FOSS?
With Jim Wright of Oracle, Heather Meeker of O’Melveny & Myers, Karen Copenhaver of the Linux Foundation, Richard Fontana of Red Hat, Sarah Ward of MongoDB, and Eben Moglen and Mishi Choudhary of the Software Freedom Law Center
02:00pm-03:40pm SESSION III: Automotive FOSS
02:00pm-03:40pm “Where Are We Going With Cars?” - As manufacturers and Tier One suppliers move rapidly towards FOSS adoption in vehicles and components, traditional suspicion of copyleft meets the realities of a new form of software supply chain. Experiments in autonomy are demonstrating both promises and problems in the new automotive software ecology. An update from multiple viewpoints: where are we going, and who is in charge of how we get there?
With Andrew Sinclair of Canonical USA, Ltd., Jeremiah Foster of GENIVI and Luxoft, Leilani H. Gilpin of MIT, Daniel Patnaik of Audi, and Eben Moglen and Mishi Choudhary of the Software Freedom Law Center
03:40pm Coffee Break
03:55pm-04:45pm SESSION IV: FOSS, Blockchain, and AI
Everyone’s doing it. Companies that have not been traditional generators of free and open source software are now major contributors and stakeholders in FOSS Blockchain and AI projects. Companies that have built empires in proprietary software are doing AI development as FOSS. In this session, we discuss the centrality of FOSS to Blockchain and AI and the legal issues that will arise as we go on.
With James Waugh of Bidio and Mishi Choudhary of the Software Freedom Law Center
04:20pm-04:45pm “Why FOSS is Essential to AI”
With Scott Nicholas of the Linux Foundation, Susan Malaika - Senior Technical Staff in IBM’s Digital Business Group, and Mishi Choudhary and Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center
04:45pm-05:35pm SESSION V: The End of One Era, the Start of Another
04:45pm-05:35pm “The New Consensus and Its Aftermath” - What is this new consensus about the open source model of developing software? What were the legal models of the past and how have they evolved now and for the future? What came before it? Professor Moglen explains what will come after.
By Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center
End of Day
Information Regarding New York CLE Credits:
Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, this live non-transitional CLE Program will provide 7 credit hours that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice requirement. This CLE credit is awarded only to New York attorneys for full attendance of the Program in its entirety. Attorneys attending only part of the program are not eligible for partial credit. Attendance is determined by an attorney’s sign-in and sign-out, as shown in the Conference registers. On final sign-out, attorneys should also submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided at the Conference. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.