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Richard Fontana

Richard Fontana
Legal Counsel, Products & Technologies, Red Hat


Richard Fontana is a lawyer who has specialized in open source legal issues for over ten years. He is Red Hat’s lead open source lawyer and supports Red Hat’s engineering and R&D teams. Richard is also a board director of the Open Source Initiative. He has been an active and influential public speaker on matters at the intersection of open source, law and policy.


Moderated by:
Danese Cooper (PayPal)
Brian Behlendorf (Mithril Capital Management LLC), Richard Fontana (Red Hat), Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy)
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Open Source licenses are mostly grounded in US Copyright Law, which requires 51% representation to claim standing in any copyright-related action (including defense against infringement claims as well as re-licensing). Yet, they are also a barrier to participation, since you often must have one in place before you make a substantial (or in some cases any) contribution. Read more.