FOSS in the Cloud: new legal challenges?

A session at Open World Forum 2013

  • Philippe Laurent
  • Benjamin Jean

Friday 4th October, 2013

2:00pm to 2:45pm (PMT)

The cloud is expanding, and so does the use of FOSS in the cloud. Cloud
computing raises many challenging legal issues (vendor lockin,
interoperability, migration costs, SLA, applicable law,etc.). Are they all
relevant when FOSS is deployed? Does deploying FOSS in the cloud raise other
specific legal concerns? FOSS has always had its legal challenges (definition
of derivative works or distribution, coping with software patentability,
validity of disclaimers, licenses opposability, etc.). Are these challenges the
same in a cloud context? The aim of the speech is to share thoughts and
questions on the legal aspects of FOSS deployment in the Cloud and to introduce
the next EOLE legal event of 6 December 2013, which will be a full day legal
event on that same topic.

About the speakers

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Philippe Laurent

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.

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Benjamin Jean

Unknown, inno3

Co-organizator of the annual **European Opensource** and free software Law Event, Benjamin Jean is currently the [inno³ company's CEO](http://inno3.fr), an **open innovation consulting firm** focused on IP and project management . He also works as lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, teachs IP in several Masters and as consultant within the Gilles Vercken Law firm.

Benjamin Jean is author of a new book “Option Libre. The good usage of Free Licences” (http://framabook.org), co-author of the “Open Source Guide” professional whitepaper published by the Syntec Numerique and is involved in several working teams about open source and Open Data governance and/or licensing.

During it past position, he created the first CJOS (Open Source Law Center) He also co-founded, a few years ago, a French (community) project, named Veni Vidi Libri, which aims to inform creators and developers about free/OS licenses and to help them using free licenses.

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