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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In the developer community, nobody cares where their collaborators are physically located. It's a completely different story for legal practitioners and others who look at the licenses, patents and treaties that dictate what's feasible, what's expensive and what's impossible -- or even illegal. Software production has become rapid, diverse and global and in many instances, regulators have been struggling to keep up. While lawmakers, treaty drafters and standards setting organizations may feel ready for action, many of their proposed actions need considerably more input from global free and software projects and companies.

Project leaders and company executives need a high level understanding of the complex interplay between patents and copyright, the varying scope of patentability in different regions, as well as the impact of governmental and international bodies seeking to simplify or regulate the international production and use of software. This talk will give the audience a feel for current trends and offer resources for further education on many of the specific issues. With a global understanding of where things are headed, the free software community will be ready to impactfully address and respond to proposed policy decisions.

2017 October 7 - 15:30
50 min
Room 5104
Seattle GNU/Linux Conference 2017
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