The GNU General Public License (GPL) requirements are both technical and legal. Bradley Kuhn, an instructor who has done more GPL compliance work (and taught more courses on it) than anyone, and Karen Sandler, one of the most experienced lawyers in FOSS licensing, share the information you need to ensure your company’s compliance with the GPL and related licenses, focusing on the policy goals that GPL seeks to achieve and the oft-ignored but most important aspects of the GPL. Bradley and Karen start by offering an overview of the key provisions of GPL for those who wish to redistribute modified versions of GPL’d software, including handling binaries found in IoT devices. They then explain in plain and straightforward language the most challenging concept in GPL—complete, corresponding source code (CCS)—and discuss its preparation and procurement. Karen and Bradley conclude by outlining what companies can expect if, despite their best efforts, they fail to comply with GPL and the usual necessary remedies to receive restoration of GPL permissions.
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. Bradley 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. His nonprofit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the FSF. As FSF’s executive director from 2001 to 2005, Bradley led FSF’s GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL.
Bradley was appointed president of Software Freedom Conservancy in April 2006, was Conservancy’s primary volunteer from 2006 to 2010, and has been a full-time staffer since early 2011. Bradley holds a summa cum laude BS in computer science from Loyola University in Maryland and an MS in computer science from the University of Cincinnati, where his master’s thesis discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of free software programming languages. An excerpt from his thesis won the Damien Conway Award for Best Technical Paper in 2000. Bradley also received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2012 in recognition for his lifelong policy work on copyleft licensing. He has a blog, is on pump.io, and cohosts the audcast, Free as in Freedom.
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.
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