Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX
Daniel Byrnes

Daniel Byrnes
Counsel, Software Freedom Law Center


Daniel Byrnes is counsel at the nonprofit Software Freedom Law Center, which provides legal representation and other law-related services to protect and advance free and open source software. Daniel holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from CUNY Hunter College. Previously, he spent over a decade working as a web developer both as a freelancer and at a Fortune 500 company.


11:50am12:30pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Level: Non-technical
Daniel Byrnes (Software Freedom Law Center)
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Echoing arguments that have been made by the free and open source community for decades, the fact that software patents place unconstitutional limits on free speech is starting to receive judicial recognition. Daniel Byrnes examines what this and other recent challenges to the validity of software patents mean for the future of software development. Read more.