FOSS Law: Where We Are, Where We Are Going
As we begin our second decade of working as counselors and advocates for software freedom, SFLC invites counsel, developers, enterprise users and other members of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities to join us at a free conference exploring legal issues surrounding FOSS, present and future, held at Columbia Law School on Friday, October 31, 2014.
Martin Fink, CTO of Hewlett-Packard, will offer a keynote address on "Free Software and the Machine." Professor Eben Moglen, SFLC's founder and Executive Director, will speak on "Software Freedom in the Age of 'Cloud to Mobile': The Next Ten Years." SFLC Legal Director Mishi Choudhary and her team will discuss current issues in patent law, copyleft compliance, and the ongoing challenge to tax-exempt non-profit organization for FOSS communities. We will consider technical as well as legal changes---including memristor-based computing, disposable computers, and the economics of cloud architectures---that will have profound effects on FOSS and its legal arrangements in the decade to come.
For ten years, SFLC has been the intellectual and professional leader in FOSS legal practice around the world. If you want to know what the next ten years of legal evolution in FOSS are going to be about, join us at a meeting no one will want to have missed.
The conference will take place at Columbia Law School, 435 west 116th Street, NYC, on October 31, 2014 from 9am to 5pm. No registration is required and attendance is free but if room occupancy limits are reached preference will go to those who have pre-registered. To pre-register please send an email with your name and any company or project affiliation you choose to share to firstname.lastname@example.org. NYS Bar members who attend will be eligible for free CLE credit and must either register beforehand with Columbia Law School or make use of on-site registration at 9:00am.
09:00-09:30 CLE registration + Coffee and Tea
09:35-09:50 Opening remarks
- Eben Moglen
09:50-10:40 "FOSS and the Machine"
- Martin Fink
10:45-11:35 Organizing FOSS entities
Mishi Choudhary moderating:
- JD Bean
- Bdale Garbee
- Karen Sandler
- Aaron Wiliamson
11:40-12:30 "Software Freedom in the Age of 'Cloud to Mobile': The Next Ten Years."
- Eben Moglen
12:30-13:30 Lunch (Provided)
13:30-14:20 Patents and Free Software
Eben Moglen moderating:
- Keith Bergelt
- Justin Colannino
- Leonardo Renna
- Stefano Zacchiroli
14:25-15:25 Technology in practice
- Clint Adams and Ian Sullivan "Technology of a law practice"
- Clint Adams "The distribution and the cloud"
- Ian Sullivan "Disposable computing"
15:40-16:00 FOSS and Export regulations
- Marc Jones
16:00-16:50 Compliance presentation and QA
- Eben Moglen
- Mishi Choudhary
16:50-17:00 Concluding remarks
- Eben Moglen
Eben Moglen is Executive director of the Software Freedom Law Center
and Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law
School. Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading
free software developers. Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History
and law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his
“long, dark period” in New Haven. After law school he clerked for
Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York
City and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme
Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School since 1987 and has held
visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and
the University of Virginia. In 2003 he was given the Electronic
Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom
in the electronic society. Professor Moglen is admitted to practice in
the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court.
Mishi Choudhary is the Legal Director of the Software Freedom Law
Center. Prior to joining SFLC, Mishi Choudhary was a litigator with
areas of practice covering corporate and commercial Law with special
emphasis on Information Technology Law, trademarks, copyrights and
patents. Mishi is the founding director of SFLC.in based in New
Delhi. She has an LLM degree from Columbia Law School, an LLB degree
from Faculty of law, University of Delhi, and a Bachelors Honors
degree in political science from Hindu College, University of Delhi,
India. Mishi is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi, licensed to
appear before the Supreme Court of India, all the State High Courts in
India, in the State of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal
Circuit, and before the Southern District of New York.
Martin Fink is HP CTO, Director of HP Labs and General Manager of HP’s
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) group. Fink’s research team at
HP Labs, the company’s exploratory and advanced research group, is
responsible for anticipating IT trends to address the complex issues
that will face HP customers and society over the next decades. During
his career at HP, Fink has worked in a wide range of roles. Most
recently, Fink drove the strategy and execution of HP’s Cloud
business, launching the HP Helion portfolio of products and services,
designed to help the industry transition to cloud-based provider and
consumption models. As head of the NonStop Enterprise Division, Fink
was responsible for the development, delivery, and marketing of the HP
Integrity NonStop family of servers, database, and middleware software
and solutions. He oversaw the Atalla Security Products line of network
security processors for banking, Internet, and enterprise
applications. Finally, he led the overall open source and Linux
strategy across HP, helping the company gain external market
leadership in Linux.
Clint Adams is Chief Technology Officer at the Software Freedom Law
Center. Clint joined the SFLC in 2010 after a variety of odd jobs. He
holds a bachelor's in Intercultural Studies, and over 17 years of
experience developing Free Software. He loves Debian, GNU, and
Haskell. Clint is the upstream maintainer of hOpenPGP,
openpgp-asciiarmor, hopenpgp-tools, debianutils, fakeroot, libmsv,
zomg, posh, Haskell libraries for SANE, WebDAV, MusicBrainz, and other
software, as well as an infrequent upstream contributor to GNU FM and
libre.fm, zsh, and other such things. He is obsessed with food.
Jonathan D. Bean (J.D.) is Counsel at the Software Freedom Law
Center. J.D. holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of
Law where he was the Senior Articles Editor of the NYU Journal of Law
and Liberty. He also has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science
from The George Washington University where he graduated magna cum
laude. Prior to serving as Counsel for the Software Freedom Law
Center, he spent the summer of 2011 as a Legal Intern at SFLC joining
the organization in 2012 as an Attorney Fellow. J.D. is admitted to
practice in the State of New York.
Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network
(OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open
source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. Prior to
joining the OIN, Mr. Bergelt served as president and CEO of two
intellectual property Hedge Funds – Paradox Capital and
IPI. Mr. Bergelt has served as a senior advisor to the technology
investment division at Texas Pacific Group. He was a General Manager
of the Strategic Intellectual Asset Management business unit at
Motorola Corporation and served as Motorola’s director of Technology
Strategy. Prior to his extensive private sector experience,
Mr. Bergelt served for twelve years as a diplomat with postings at the
United Nations in NYC and the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
Justin C. Colannino focuses his practice on free and open source
software, patent law, and patent litigation. As Counsel at the
Software Freedom Law Center he advised non-profit free and open source
projects in all areas of free and open source development. Justin is
also an experienced patent litigator, having worked as an associate at
a major international law firm, and as a law clerk in the District of
New Jersey. As of November, 2014 Justin will be associated with Wolf,
Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts.
Bdale Garbee drives open source strategy and advocacy within the
company as an HP Fellow in the CTO Office. Most recently, he was HP
Chief Technologist for Open Source and Linux. He took early
retirement in 2012 and served briefly as Senior Open Source Adviser to
Samsung before returning to HP in 2014. Garbee has been a Debian
developer since the earliest days of the project, serving as Debian
Project Leader (DPL) from 2002-2003. He currently serves as Chairman
of the Debian Technical Committee. Garbee is president of Software in
the Public Interest, represents the interests of individual members
and developers on the board of directors of the Linux Foundation, and
serves on the board of the Freedombox Foundation.
Marc Jones is Counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center. Marc
graduated summa cum laude with a Juris Doctor (JD) from Quinnipiac
University School of Law where he was the Research and Symposium
Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review. Marc also has a bachelor's degree
in Political Science from the University Connecticut. Prior to joining
SFLC as Counsel, he was an Attorney Fellow at SFLC. Before graduating
from law school, he had acquired over a decade of experience as an IT
Systems Architect at a top ranked public research university where he
focused on infrastructure design and security. He is admitted to
practice in the State of Connecticut, the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, and the State of New York.
Leonardo Renna is Patent Counsel for Google, Inc. Prior to joining
Google, Mr. Renna was Intellectual Property and Technology Counsel for
MasterCard Worldwide. Before working in-house, Mr. Renna practiced
intellectual property law at Brumbaugh, Graves, Donohue & Raymond and
Baker Botts L.L.P. Mr. Renna holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical
Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Juris
Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, where he graduated cum
laude. After law school, Mr. Renna served as a law clerk to the
Honorable Herbert J. Hutton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Pennsylvania.
Karen M. Sandler is Executive Director of the Software Freedom
Conservancy, the nonprofit home of dozens of free software
projects. She was previously the Executive Director of the GNOME
Foundation. Karen co-organizes the award winning Outreach Program for
Women administered by the GNOME Foundation. Prior to GNOME, Karen was
General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). She
continues to do pro bono legal work with SFLC, the GNOME Foundation
and QuestionCopyright.Org. Before joining SFLC, Karen worked as an
associate in the corporate departments of big law firms in New York
and London. Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in
2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the
Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Karen received her
bachelor¹s degree in engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a
recipient of an O’Reilly Open Source Award and also co-host of the
“Free as in Freedom” podcast.
Ian Sullivan is Project Manager at the Software Freedom Law Center.
Ian joined SFLC in 2005 after working as a paralegal. He received his
undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Columbia College. In addition
to his work with SFLC, Ian is the Executive Director of the Wikiotics
Foundation, an educational non-profit that builds free software for
language instruction. He also serves on the board of the Protocol
Freedom Information Foundation and is the designer of the Book
Liberator personal book scanning device.
Aaron Williamson is an attorney at Tor Ekeland, P.C., where he counsels
software companies, startups, and other technology-focused clients on
business transactions, FOSS and other intellectual property issues,
regulatory compliance, and related matters. Previously, he worked as
in-house counsel at IEEE and as a staff attorney at the Software Freedom
Law Center, where he advised community free and open source software
projects. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Stefano Zacchiroli is Associate Professor of Computer Science at
University Paris Diderot. His research interests span formal methods and
their applications to improve software quality and user experience in
the context of Free Software distributions. He has been an official
member of the Debian Project since 2001, taking care of many tasks from
package maintenance to distribution-wide Quality Assurance. He has been
elected to serve as Debian Project Leader for 3 terms in a row, over the
period 2010-2013. He is a Board Director of the Open Source Initiative
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, each live non-transitional CLE panel will provide one (1.0) credit hours that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice requirement. CLE credit is awarded only for full attendance of a panel in its entirety. Attorneys attending only part of a Program are not eligible for partial credit for it, although they are most welcome to attend it. Attendance is determined by an attorney’s sign-in and sign-out, as shown in the Conference registers. On sign-out, attorneys should also submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided at the Conference. Please note that NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent out to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.