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. He’s been a part of the software freedom movement since 1992. Previously, he worked as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, taught AP computer science, served as executive director of FSF, led FSF’s GPL enforcement, launched its associate member program, invented the Affero GPL, was president of the Software Freedom Conservancy, and has been a primary volunteer and full-time staffer at the Conservancy. He earned his BS in computer science from Loyla University in Maryland and an MS in computer science from the University of Cincinnati. 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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