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The Integration Issue
About Me
Owner of Opendawn Consulting
Asia Representative of OpenForum Europe
Founder of FSFE's Legal Department and
the European Legal Network
Free and Open Source Software
Use, study, share and improve
FOSS Optimizes
FOSS code is flexible
Everyone can join in
Shared platforms work better
This Hippie Stuff Has Value
12 billion Euro of code
20 billion Euro market
Up to 32% of European ICT by 2010
Figures from UNU Merit
Value Comes From Application
Sensible management
Sensible management
Sensible management
Dangerous Lawyers
FOSS is relatively new
Not all lawyers understand it clearly
This can lose you money and friends
Turning Potential Into Value
Categorizing FOSS
Adding FOSS to contracts
Allocating risk
Resolving problems
Four Types Of License
Permissive
Weak Copyleft
Strong Copyleft
Network Copyleft
The Big Secret To Success
Decide what license approach works for you
Let your engineers play with the code
Work with third parties to reduce overlap
Be Sensible
Use popular licences
Use compatible licences
Work with established projects
Getting Contractual
FOSS is code covered by copyright
It may include some patent provisions
Have An Open Perspective
You get third-party code
You contribute code
Everyone gets value
Place Risk In Context
Leverage FOSS according to license
Allocate risk for what suppliers provide
Accept risk for what you create
Be Realistic
If you want to play with third parties you
have to share with third parties
You share code, you share risk
You don't get value for nothing
Learn From The Community
Go buy something
Read your supplier's contract
Ask them why they put terms in
Resolve Problems In Good Faith
Have a way to listen
Check if the license or contract is breached
Have a conversation
Community Wants
Follow the licenses and contracts
Contribute to projects
Support projects
Nutshell Time
Play fair
Share-alike
Know your neighbours
Project Relationships
Linux Foundation
GNOME Foundation
KDE e.V.
Mozilla Foundation
Supply Relationships
LiMo
Symbian
Canonical
Linpus
Xandros
People Relationships
Get to know the people who build bridges
between business and volunteers
Armijn, Dave, Jim, Adriaan, Lefty
Lawyer Relationships
Sean Hogle, Hogle Visani
Martin von Willebrand, HH Partners
Andrew Katz, Moorcrofts
Summary
We share, we gain
The licenses have terms. Use them
Solve problems by assuming good faith
Useful Links
The Risk Grid
http://www.ifosslr.org/ifosslr/article/view/10/10
International Free and Open Source Law
Review
http://www.ifosslr.org
The European Legal Network
http://www.fsfe.org/ftf
Contact details
shane@opendawn.com
www.opendawn.com
Licensing
Copyright (c) Shane Coughlan 2009
Please do not redistribute without permission

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