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What Have We Wrought?: Software Freedom Law Center Annual Conference

Friday, November 1st, 2019 @ 8:30am to 6:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103
Nov 01
Friday, November 1st, 2019 @ 8:30am to 6:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103

SFLC will hold its 2019 conference at Columbia Law School on Friday, November 1, 2019. Coffee, Snacks, and Lunch will be provided.  

Learn more the about speakers and event program here:

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 1, 2019.

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.

Conference Program:

08:30am Registration, Coffee

09:00am Welcome by Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center

9:15am-10:00am Keynote Address - Prof. David Carroll, The New School 

10:00am-10:50am Software Distribution – FOSS licensing and distribution models are now applied to software stacks integrated for long-term use, emphasizing stability over years guaranteeing reliability and compliance for downstream distributions. The same basic arrangements, legal and technical, are used for integrating stacks consisting of layers in containers with a possible lifetime of milliseconds. Different strains and challenges are experienced across the short- and long-lifetime distribution spectrum. This panel explores what we can learn about compliance and other subjects from these contrasts.

With Sam Hartman of Debian & Richard Fontana of Red Hat

11:00am-12:00pm Panel: “Is Copyright the Answer to Everything?” - Additional restrictions in FOSS licenses to address labor rights, human rights, and business model protections are driving the “new proliferation” boomlet. Experts in FOSS law are almost universally skeptical. In this panel, continuing our conversation from last year, we further explore this skepticism, and ask “why aren’t we there yet?”

With Karen Copenhaver of the Linux Foundation, Jilayne Lovejoy of Canonical Ltd., Richard Fontana of Red Hat, and Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center.

12:00pm-1:00pm Lightning Talks 

“RISC-V and Other Free Hardware at Linux Foundation” - Hardware built on open source designs is a burgeoning, as ROSC-V comes of age. LF is hosting a number of such projects. Mike Dolan will discuss organizational and licensing arrangements.

With Michael Dolan of the Linux Foundation.

“Robust Openness in the Web’s Next Era: FreedomBox, Federation, and the Future”

With Danny Haidar of the Software Freedom Law Center.

“Codes of Conduct” - Codes of conduct are the new employment law of the FOSS workplace. Mishi Choudhary will discuss developments in the practice of writing and enforcing FOSS CoCs.

With Mishi Choudhary of the Software Freedom Law Center.

“Legal Governance for Open Source Foundations” - Max Sills of Google speaks on Google's evolving views on the subject.

With Max Sills of Google.

1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch Break

2:00pm–2:10pm Ode to Terry Ilardi (Retiring from IBM) – A giant of FOSS law retires after 40 years. We consider the achievements of Terry and his IBM colleagues in the foundation of FOSS for enterprise.

2:10pm–3:00pm “Patent Rights in Foss Licensing: Are Implicit Patent Licenses a Mirage?” - There was a spirited discussion in the FOSS legal community on this subject over the past months. Now that the dust has settled, can we see more clearly?

With Keith Bergelt of Open Invention Network, Dave Kappos of Cravath, Nicolas Schiffano of Microsoft, David Levine of IBM Red Hat, and Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center.

3:00pm–3:10pm Coffee Break

3:10pm – 4:00pm “Regulating Platform Companies: If It’s Inevitable, What Can the FOSS Experience Teach?” - Pressure to regulate presently-existing social media is growing in all the developed societies. Democracies will soon be debating the various possible forms of regulation in the US, Europe and India, to name only the largest. Competition law, human rights law, free speech and expression law, and other institutions of public law will be invoked on all sides. We consider both the claims of these legal domains to address issues of social media misuse, misinformation, and privacy destruction. We also ask, does FOSS (which enabled the creation of centralized social media) also contain possible modes of remediation?

With Lina Khan of Columbia Law School, Dinah PoKempner of Human Rights Watch, Jim Wright of Oracle, and Mishi Choudhary of the Software Freedom Law Center.

4:00pm – 5:00pm “Foss in Asia – Updates & Forecasts” - Leading analysts and practitioners working in China, India, Japan and South Korea discuss the burgeoning of FOSS in Asia, and the institutions needed to support lawyers doing FOSS law in those societies.

With Maggie Wang of Huawei Technologies, Kee Ryong Song of Lee & Ko, and Mishi Choudhary of the Software Freedom Law Center.

5:30pm – 6:00pm “What Have We Wrought?: Whither Free Software” - Professor Moglen offers a view of the movement’s future as it turns a crucial page and begins another phase of its long march to freedom.

With 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 6.5 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.

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