Open Source Software 101: What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Open Source Licenses and Their Obligations


CLE credits earned: 1 GENERAL (or 1 OTHER for WA state)

Virtually every organization uses open source software in the development of software products. By leveraging such open source software and the open source communities that maintain and improve it, companies can reduce costs, accelerate time to market, and access global software innovation. Such use is not without obligation, however; companies must comply with sometimes complex sets of licensing terms that govern the use of open source software. Left unmanaged, the use of open source software may pose serious legal, security and operational risks to the business.

Join open source legal experts Mark Radcliffe and Chris Stevenson from DLA Piper in a discussion of the challenges and rewards that accompany the use of open source software. This webinar will address:

Key topics to be discussed:

• Intellectual property law for software
• Differences between open source licenses and traditional proprietary software licenses
• Common open source licenses and their obligations
• Practical advice for helping your organization or clients

Date / Time: June 23, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
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Original Broadcast Date: May 28, 2020

 Chris Stevenson – Senior Attorney, DLA Piper

Chris Stevenson concentrates his practice in the areas of e-commerce, information technology and intellectual property protection, licensing and commercialization.

Chris has been an open source software legal practitioner for over 12 years. Before that, Chris was head of technology services at Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and a senior systems administrator at DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology, North America, where he gained practical experience in the use of open source software. He regularly speaks on issues of open source software license compliance and assists clients in analyzing their use of open source software, complying with open source licenses and establishing processes and procedures for the use of open source software.

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