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Wednesday, May 12 • 12:40 - 13:00
Licenses: Ethical Framework, Business Model, Neither, Both?

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Almost 25 years ago, the "open for business" and "free as in freedom" software camps split apart. Since then, the two groups have used largely identical copyright licenses to reach largely divergent ethical and business goals.

That tension has ebbed and flowed ever since, and has now reached a recent peak with two new groups of licenses that break the old rules, trying to encourage investment—or protect human rights.

In this talk, we'll review the history of these conflicts, and give the audience some tools to help understand what these new licenses mean for our industry and our future.

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Luis Villa

General Counsel & Co-Founder, Tidelift
Luis has been involved in open source since the late 1990s, first as a developer and then as an attorney. In private practice he’s advised clients ranging from startups to Facebook and Google, worked in-house at Mozilla, Wikimedia, and Tidelift, served on the GNOME, Open Source... Read More →

Wednesday May 12, 2021 12:40 - 13:00 EDT