Past Engagements

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Mishi Choudhary, the founding director of the Indian branch of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), will be speaking at the “Software Patents and the Commons” conference in New Delhi, India. The one-day seminar, organized by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), Knowledge Commons, and the Center for Internet and Society and sponsored by Red Hat, will explore issues related to software patents from the viewpoint of the knowledge commons as opposed to “intellectual property.”


Eben Moglen will deliver the keynote address at the “Software Patents and the Commons” conference in New Delhi, India. The one-day seminar, organized by the Software Freedom Law Center, Knowledge Commons, and the Center for Internet and Society and sponsored by Red Hat, will explore issues related to software patents from the viewpoint of the knowledge commons as opposed to “intellectual property.”


Eben Moglen will be delivering a keynote speech at the annual LinuxCon North America conference in Boston on August 11.

Description:The ecosystem of FOSS is complex, embracing thousands of businesses with diverse commercial interests and hundreds of thousands of programmers collaborating to make good software and protect its freedom. That ecosystem faces some deliberate external legal threats, and also must deal in creative and innovative ways with conventional legal risks that pose qualitatively different challenges in the unconventional FOSS environment. In this talk, Moglen will present an overview of the current state of the ecosystem’s legal defense needs, independent of the concerns of particular projects and firms, and discuss his view of the likely near-term developments.




Karen Sandler will present a talk entitled Free Software on Medical Devices: Unchain My Heart at the Open Source Software Convention 2010 in Portland, OR.




Eben Moglen will deliver the annual lecture of The Scottish Society for Computers and Law (SSCL) in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 30.

Description: Toyota will be remembered as the beginning, though there were earlier signs everyone missed; soon it will be medical devices, non-automotive as well as automotive transport, utility delivery, and even the building components of our dwellings and offices. Software is in everything, and software failure presents problems of vulnerability and liability about to expand by orders of magnitude in complexity and cost. Software unfreedom and misuse aggravates the problems immeasurably for both private market participants and government regulators. Free software is not merely helpful, but an obligatory part of the solution. In this talk, Moglen will discuss what lawyers in the IT sector can expect in the future and explain how the liability nightmare can be avoided.

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