Open Source Software: Guidance for Corporate and Technology Counsel on Mitigating Legal and Security Risks

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Thursday, October 12, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, September 22, 2017

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to corporate and technology counsel for identifying and managing new and evolving legal and security risks companies face when using open source software.


Many companies now use open source software due to its lower costs, faster innovation and time-to-market benefits. However, businesses and their counsel must fully understand the evolving legal and security vulnerabilities associated with open source software and ensure that policies and procedures are in place to manage such risks.

Until a few years ago, counsel considered license compliance the most significant risk of using open source software. There are a variety of open source licenses—from permissive to restrictive. Each license is subject to different terms and conditions and some license types are incompatible with others.

Recent major security vulnerabilities, including Devil’s Ivy, Heartbleed and Shellshock, spurred companies to evaluate security vulnerabilities with open source software. In its first five months of investigation, Google’s OSS-Fuzz (launched Dec. 1, 2016) identified over 1,000 bugs in major open source software projects, including more than 250 potential security threats.

Developing, implementing and ensuring compliance with open source usage policies are a must for all businesses using the software.

Listen as our panel of experienced technology law attorneys discusses the latest legal and security risks with open source software and best practices for minimizing exposure.


  1. Latest business and legal trends with open source software
  2. Legal risks of open source software
  3. Security risks of open source software
  4. Counsel’s role in mitigating legal and security risks


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Legal risks of using open source software
  • Security risks with open source software
  • Ensuring compliance with open source license agreements
  • Developing and ensuring compliance with open source security policies and procedures


James G. Gatto, Open Source Team Leader
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Gatto is Co-Leader of the firm's Digital Media Industry and Social Media and Games Industry Teams, and Leader of the firm's Open Source Team. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, internet and technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and open source. Mr. Gatto advises clients of all sizes on key legal and business issues relating to the use of social media, video games, virtual goods and currency, social networks, virtual worlds, mirror worlds, augmented reality, open source user-generated content, location-based services and gamification.

Luke K. Pedersen, Partner
Baker Botts, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Pedersen's practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on technology transfers, licensing, patent prosecution and litigation involving complex and emerging technologies. He regularly drafts and negotiates technology transfer agreements pertaining to ownership rights in and to intellectual property in the context of M&A transactions and licensing programs. He is a frequent lecturer on software related topics including the legal implications of cloud computing, software-as-a-service and open source software.

Andrew Wilson, Esq.
Baker Botts, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Wilson works on a range of intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution and client counseling, due diligence investigations and transactional issues, patent litigation, and post-grant proceedings. His transactional practice includes pre-acquisition analysis of target software platforms for modules associated with restrictive licenses and identification and compliance with identified commercial and open source licenses. Mr. Wilson previously worked as a software engineer for over five years specializing in desktop and web application development.

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