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Office Hour with Deb Nicholson (Open Invention Network)

Deb Nicholson (Software Freedom Conservancy)
Office Hours
Expo Hall (Table E)

Are you wondering how patents, copyright and trademark laws work for free and open source software projects? Deb will share her knowledge on these topics:

  • What does the future hold? eg. How is the landscape likely to change?
  • Will legislation or recent court decisions about patent trolls keep me from getting sued?
  • PS None of this is legal advice, just solid background knowledge!
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Deb Nicholson

Software Freedom Conservancy

Deb Nicholson is the director of community operations at Software Freedom Conservancy, where she supports the work of its member organizations and facilitates collaboration with the wider free software community. A free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate, Deb previously served as the community outreach director for the Open Invention Network, a shared defensive patent pool on a mission to protect free and open source software, and the membership coordinator for the Free Software Foundation. She won the O‚ÄôReilly Open Source Award for her work with GNU MediaGoblin, a federated media-hosting service, and OpenHatch, Free Software’s welcoming committee. She’s also a founding organizer of the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference, an annual event dedicated to surfacing new voices and welcoming new people to the free software community. She lives with her husband and her lucky black cat in Cambridge, Massachusetts.