Presented by:


Deb Nicholson

from SeaGL

Deb Nicholson wants to make the world a better place with technology and social justice for all. After many years of local political organizing, she started handling outreach for the Free Software Foundation and became an enthusiastic free software activist. She likes talking to developers about software patents, to project maintainers about leadership and activists about free software. She is currently the Community Outreach Director at the Open Invention Network and the Community Manager at GNU MediaGoblin. She also serves on the board at Open Hatch, a.k.a. Free Software's Welcoming Committee. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts -- surrounded by a community of food nerds and noisy musicians.

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If you don't talk to your kids about IP law, then who will? VCs who just want the patented carcass of their start-up dreams? The MPAA, who–let's face it–never think about anyone but themselves?

You may not know how to explain how copyrights and patents work, but your children will need to know. They deserve to know. The cycle of IP law fear and confusion can end with you and the world can be a better place.

This talk will help you explain why a smell can be trademarked. You'll learn why math can, no... can't, well... maybe gets patented. You'll be able to answer most questions your youngster is likely to have about fair use and how long copyright lasts (hint, longer than your Uncle Joey if he doesn't quit smoking!). Finally, you'll be able to answer the age-old question, "but where does IP law come from?" with confidence and hopefully a minimum of swearing.

2016 November 12 - 10:45
1 h
Room 3183
Seattle GNU/Linux Conference 2016

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