17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

A look at enforcement worldwide

Karen Sandler (Software Freedom Conservancy)
13:35–14:15 Monday, 17/10/2016
The business of open source: From project to product
Location: Buckingham Room Level: Non-technical
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 4 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Understand enforcement initiatives in order to assess risk in using free and open source software


There has been a recent increase in global enforcement initiatives around the GPL, the majority of which are coordinated and consistently undertaken. Much of the discussion on this topic has been conducted behind closed doors. Karen Sandler breaks down what’s happening, covering what legal actions are happening where, how these legal actions impact compliance, what you need to know about each initiative, and what kind of influence this may have on free software in the future. Karen outlines the principles of community-oriented GPL enforcement and explains how they impact enforcement discussions and promote overall compliance. Examining these initiatives will clear up confusion and FUD around enforcement.

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Karen Sandler

Software Freedom Conservancy

Karen M. Sandler is the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Karen is known for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Previously, she was executive director of the GNOME Foundation, where she has since been elected to the board of directors, and general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen co-organizes Outreachy, the award-winning outreach program for women, and is an advisor to the Ada Initiative. She is also pro bono counsel to the FSF and GNOME and pro bono general counsel to QuestionCopyright.Org. Karen is a recipient of the O’Reilly Open Source Award and cohost of the oggcast Free as in Freedom.