July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR
Bradley Kuhn

Bradley Kuhn
President, Software Freedom Conservancy

Website | @bkuhn_ebb_org

Bradley M. Kuhn is the president and distinguished technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy, on the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation, and editor-in-chief of copyleft.org. Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of the GNU/Linux operating system, and began contributing to various Free Software projects. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, and taught AP computer science at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. Kuhn’s non-profit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the FSF. As FSF’s executive director from 2001–2005, Kuhn led FSF’s GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. Kuhn was appointed president of Software Freedom Conservancy in April 2006, was Conservancy’s primary volunteer from 2006–2010, and has been a full-time staffer since early 2011. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in computer science from Loyola University in Maryland, and an M.S. in computer science from the University of Cincinnati. Kuhn’s Master’s thesis (an excerpt from which won the Damien Conway Award for Best Technical Paper at this conference in 2000) discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of Free Software programming languages. Kuhn received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2012, in recognition for his lifelong policy work on copyleft licensing. Kuhn has a blog, is on pump.io and co-hosts the audcast, Free as in Freedom.


10:00am–10:40am Friday, 07/24/2015
Collaboration E147/148
Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy)
Kallithea is a self-hosted source code management system that exists thanks to a GPL violation and subsequent compliance action by the Software Freedom Conservancy. We'll show how a copyleft license violation and careful license vetting helped a software development community begin anew, and why licensing wonks and release engineers can make a huge impact on the health of a project's community. Read more.