Open Source Licensing Risks and Requirements: Contract Compliance, Copyright Infringement, Monitoring

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will prepare counsel for companies using open source software to understand and address the legal risks of open source licensing. The panel will provide best practices for ensuring compliance, minimizing infringement and monitoring.

Description

Open source software makes up as much as half of the code used in software and imposes licensing conditions on developers. Using open source software offers many benefits but also comes with risks and costs, including potential liability for failure to comply with licenses or infringing third-party IP rights.

In a significant decision last year, a federal district court supported enforcement of open source licenses [Artifex v. Hancom (N.D. Cal. 2017)]. The decision underscores the need to understand and comply with the open source license terms. Companies using open source should have open source usage policies in place and understand the legal risks of using open source.

To avoid possible claims of copyright infringement, or other claims, licensees and their counsel should manage and account for their open source use to ensure they adhere to the conditions of the license.

Listen as our authoritative panel of IP attorneys examines the risks and requirements of open source licensing. The panel will also discuss compliance enforcement and infringement as well as monitoring software development to ensure open source license compliance.

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Outline

  1. Open source license conditions
  2. Open source license compliance processes and policies
  3. Infringement vs. compliance risks
  4. Enforcement efforts

Benefits

The panel will review these and other noteworthy questions:

  • What are the typical legal conditions that come with an open source license?
  • What are the legal risks facing companies using or redistributing open source software?
  • What are best practices to ensure compliance with open source license agreements?
  • What are best practices if you receive a non-compliance claim?

Faculty

Meeker, Heather
Heather Meeker

Partner
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Ms. Meeker advises technology clients on IP matters. Her practice focuses on counseling in technology transactions,...  |  Read More

Myles, Gideon
Gideon Myles
Lead IP Counsel
Dropbox

Mr. Myles is Head of IP at Dropbox where he specializes in a variety of IP issues, including overseeing Dropbox's...  |  Read More

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