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Keynote: Heather Meeker (O’Melveny & Myers LLP) - SFO17-300K2

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Session ID: SFO17-300K2
Session Name: Keynote: Heather Meeker (O’Melveny & Myers LLP) - SFO17-300K2
Speaker: Heather Meeker
Track: Keynote


★ Session Summary ★

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★ Resources ★
Event Page: http://connect.linaro.org/resource/sfo17/sfo17-300k2/
Presentation:
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVlGTPWhQoQ
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★ Event Details ★
Linaro Connect San Francisco 2017 (SFO17)
25-29 September 2017
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

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Keynote: Heather Meeker (O’Melveny & Myers LLP) - SFO17-300K2

  1. 1. Open Source and the Family Business Enforcement and the Next Generation September, 2017 Heather Meeker, Partner
  2. 2. Copyright 20172 Open Source as a “Family Business” Corporate 80% Individual 20% Individual 80%Corporate 20% Numbers are just Folklore! -- But still interesting 1995 2010
  3. 3. Copyright 20173 Family Businesses and Succession Planning Dream Reality Succession planning is difficult!
  4. 4. • Conditional licensing • Copyright standing • Direct licensing Copyright 20174 Three Legal Principles of Open Source Licensing This won’t hurt!
  5. 5. Copyright 20175 Conditional licensing THEN IF Copyright Infringement!
  6. 6. • In the U.S., only an owner or exclusive licensee of a copyright can enforce it in court • Non-exclusive licensees cannot enforce • (For brevity, I will refer to the owner of the copyright as an author, though authors can sell their rights.) Copyright 20176 Standing to Sue
  7. 7. Copyright 20177 Direct Licensing Open Source Code Base CC CC C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C Many contributor copyrights... ...plus one for the pot
  8. 8. • CLA o Author licenses to project and all recipients o Project passes on licenses to the world o This is the model of Apache Foundation (and many permissive license projects) • License In = License Out o All contributors license to the world o This is the model of the Linux Kernel (and many copyleft license projects) • All licenses are non-exclusive • Project has no standing to sue, except the “one for the pot” Copyright 20178 CLAs, and License In = License Out
  9. 9. Copyright term in US = Life + 70 Right is inheritable Copyright 20179 What Happens Now?
  10. 10. Copyright 201710 The problem C C C C C C C C C C C
  11. 11. Copyright 201711 This won’t work
  12. 12. • Ownership by project o FSF does this for the GNU project • Enforcement agreement between authors and project o Efforts in process to accomplish this Copyright 201712 How to Solve the Problem of Rogue Enforcers
  13. 13. • Expect a possible sea change in contribution terms o You may be asked to refrain from enforcement unless the project agrees o You may be asked to assign rights to the project o License in = License out may be, in effect, a thing of the past Copyright 201713 Why Should I Care?
  14. 14. 14 Heather Meeker hmeeker@omm.co m +1-510-463-1116 Available in paperback or Kindle at Amazon.com or email me for a free pdf copy

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