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Commons Knowledge - bringing clarity to the legal complexity of open source licenses

in Company, Entrepreneurship, Government, Legal, SC2010, Licenses

Location

Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

Thomas Prowse will describe the evolution of his company's alternative delivery model for open source software legal information services. This service is built on the foundation of "commons sourcing” a term which Thomas coined some time ago to describe the pooling of shared information based resources under OSS methodologies for use by companies for commercial purposes. Thomas will demonstrate how n2one inc.'s Commons Knowledge™ service harnesses the power of commons sourcing to offer affordable subscription based access to developers, lawyers, and business leaders to world class practical OSS related legal information resources.

Thomas, who was peer selected for the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the Technology Law speciality, was formerly the Global Law Department leader on the Nortel Open Source Advisory Team and is currently a partner at a major Canadian law firm. Thomas will put forward his company's concrete business offering and model as a proof point for his deeply held conviction that commons sourcing represents both the future of legal and other professional services and a third wave of global commercial transformation!

Event: 
Summercamp2010
Speaker: 
Thomas Prowse

Why legal protection for technical measures is controversial

in Legal, SC2010, Licenses, Misc

Location

Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

Some time before the SummerCamp a new Canadian Copyright bill will be tabled. Since Canada intends to ratify the 1996 WIPO treaties it will contain some form of legal protection for technical measures, also known as anti-circumvention legislation.

I will provide some aids to understanding different types of technical measures, and well as reasons why some are highly controversial while others are not. (Hint: It matters who owns the thing that is locked, and who holds the keys)

We will go through a little history discussing the origins of this policy, as well as a few treaties, trade agreements, and laws in other countries which contain this policy.

In the discussion it is expected we will encourage participants to become politically involved in helping clarify this issue for politicians and other policy makers, so we can avoid (or amend) very bad laws.

Event: 
Summercamp2010
Speaker: 
Russell McOrmond

Software speaks - are you listening?

in Education, Legal, Programming, SC2010, Security, Programming
Speaker: 
David Maxwell
Event: 
Summercamp2010
Abstract: 

Since the beginnings of writing, people have criticized each other's
written creations. Literary, Art, and Movie critics find full time
employment detailing the shortcomings of an author's work - or praising
it, as the case may be.

A lot of software has avoided receiving the same kind of treatment. A
relatively smaller number of people are literate in programming
languages, and the texts are often kept as corporate secrets - only the
machine-executable binaries are released to the public.

Open Source is an exception to this rule. Open Source code is published
for all to see.

Coverity is a company in the business of making tools to help people
write better software. Our tools analyze source code, looking for
coding errors, and also gathering information about the architecture
and build environments that make software systems work.

A recent ACM article entitled 'A few billion lines of code later'
describes some of Coverity's findings in the commercial environment,
and the company's open source report publications describe the results of
work done for the US Department of Homeland Security.

This talk will cover what can be learned from looking at source code.
We can discover quite a bit about the tendencies of programmers, the
limitations of their work environment, and the risks that result when
code controls critical systems like cars, medical devices, and heavy
machinery...

This talk is suitable for a general track. While the content of
the paper is somewhat technical, the talk will approach it from
a general 'what does this mean', 'why is this important' point of view.

problems does it solve? When is it not appropriate to use?

Level: 
Beginner
Time: 
2010-05-31T17:12

Commons Knowledge™ - bringing clarity to the legal complexity of open source software licenses

in Legal, SC2010, Licenses
Speaker: 
Thomas Prowse
Event: 
Summercamp2010
Abstract: 

Thomas Prowse will describe the evolution of his company's alternative delivery model for open source software legal information services. This service is built on the foundation of "commons sourcing” a term which Thomas coined some time ago to describe the pooling of shared information based resources under OSS methodologies for use by companies for commercial purposes. Thomas will demonstrate how n2one inc.'s Commons Knowledge™ service harnesses the power of commons sourcing to offer affordable subscription based access to developers, lawyers, and business leaders to world class practical OSS related legal information resources.

Thomas, who was peer selected for the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the Technology Law speciality, was formerly the Global Law Department leader on the Nortel Open Source Advisory Team and is currently a partner at a major Canadian law firm. Thomas will put forward his company's concrete business offering and model as a proof point for his deeply held conviction that commons sourcing represents both the future of legal and other professional services and a third wave of global commercial transformation!

Level: 
Beginner
Time: 
2010-05-31T16:32