The Tragedy of the Commons Gatekeepers

A session at LinuxCon North America 2012

Thursday 30th August, 2012

1:30pm to 2:15pm (PST)

What is open source? What qualifies as an open source license? These are not mere philosophical questions, but are a real-world concern for developers, businesses, regulators, and others. Yet there have been only three serious attempts to define the legal requirements of free software/open source (the FSF's Free Software Definition, the Debian Free Software Guidelines, and the OSI's Open Source Definition), and they are now quite dated. In this talk, I will explain why these definitions, and the efforts of the organizations that steward them, have been unsatisfactory. I will propose ways in which open source ecosystem participants can collaborate to develop and apply more useful and well-reasoned principles that establish the boundaries of open source.

This talk is appropriate for all audiences, particularly those with interest in open source legal and policy issues.

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Richard Fontana

Open source licensing and patent counsel at Red Hat. Tweets are solely mine; RTs != endorsement. bio from Twitter

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Time 1:30pm2:15pm PST

Date Thu 30th August 2012

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