Friday 4th October, 2013
10:30am to 10:30am
Member States’ public authorities are increasingly interested in the advantages of procuring free and open source software. Some of them have already adopted different strategies to raise awareness, to level the playing field or even to establish positive discrimination for such permissively licensed software. This briefing paper aims at illustrating the current political and legislative trends by observing cases from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Belgium and France.
Unknown, Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners
Philippe Laurent is lawyer at the Brussels Bar and Counsel at Marx, Van Ranst, Vermeersch & Partners where his activities focus primarily on Intellectual Property (copyright, trademarks, databases, patents,…), Information Technologies, E-commerce and Data Protection. He is also Senior Researcher at the CRIDS (Research Centre – Information, Law & Society of the University of Namur) where he specialised in intellectual property licensing, data and software protection, the open source schemes, cloud computing and the governance of the Internet. He worked in many Open Source-related projects and wrote several expert studies for the European Commission and the European Parliament on the legal aspects of open source licensing.
10:30am Open source procurement strategies in the public sector : some national case studies by Philippe Laurent
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