FLAG to discuss the Open Source landscape

10 Jun, 2013

FLAG, The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) Legal Advisory Group, will be discussing many of the developments in the field of open source software with senior legal commentators on 12 June at law firm DLA Piper LLP. Consideration will also be given to the latest case law on the test for infringement of copying of software.

 

The widespread use of open source software has resulted in a number of knowledge gaps as the market matures which this meeting seeks to address. In particular, open source presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities, especially with the need to address the issue of open source compliance.

 

Topics to be discussed at the event include:

 

  • How to profit from intellectual property when using open source software

 

  • Software management and license compliance when using open source software

 

  • Guidance on infringement of software copyright following the SAS Institute versus World Programming case

 

Speakers include Mark Radcliffe, Partner at DLA Piper in California, Andy Knapp, EMEA Business Development Manager for Black Duck Software and John Wilks also Partner at DLA Piper in the United Kingdom.

 

Julian Heathcote Hobbins (pictured), General Counsel at FAST, said: “Our FLAG meetings are by reputation known as a focal point for members to receive the inside track and provide valuable insights into the fast-evolving landscape for legal discussion points on software. This event presents an excellent opportunity for interested parties to air their opinions and share expertise. Discussions will focus on the rapid growth of open source software, how to manage compliance and the opportunities.”

 

FLAG, established shortly after FAST in 1984 where lawyers were pivotal, consists of representatives from many of the UK’s leading international legal firms with Intellectual Property practices. FLAG meets several times a year to receive presentations on pertinent topics and to review legal developments in the software industry.

 

Alex Hilton, FAST’s Chief Executive, added: “Open source software has well and truly established itself in the technology supply chain, but the technology presents a challenge where compliance is concerned. This FLAG event will serve as an open forum in which the issues relating to the use of open source can be debated and discussed.”

 

Speakers include:

 

Mark Radcliffe, Partner at Global law firm DLA Piper in California, will be joining the meeting via video link from the US to discuss the IP Monetization and strategic use of Open Source Software

 

Andy Knapp, EMEA Business Development Manager for Black Duck Software, will offer attendees an introduction to Open Source Software management & license compliance

 

John Wilks, Partner at DLA Piper in the United Kingdom, will present on the test for infringement of copyright in software following SAS Institute v World Programming case

 

For more information, and to register, please visit: http://www.fastiis.org/resources/events/ or email events@fastiis.org

 

Join FAST and its guest speakers,

 

16:00 for 16:30 start. Close 18:00.

DLA Piper LLP

3 Noble Street

London, ECVM 7EE

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