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Opening the Source of Intellectual Property

Location: 2006 Level: Novice


Intellectual property is not the arch rival of open source. In fact, it is easy for open source and intellectual property to live in harmony. This talk will focus on various positions taken by different organizations such as www.projectliberty.org and others. We will also focus on choosing the appropriate open source licenses while protecting your intellectual property in the open source world.

Topics Covered:

  • What forms of open soucrce licenses are available?
  • How do I protect my intellectual property with the various major open-source licenses?
  • How do you fit in?


Choosing to be open source and protecting your intellectual property is not incompatible. Using the guidelines and information presented, a basic checklist and road map can simplify the process.

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Kennedy Brooks

Etelos, Inc.

Mr. Brooks is an attorney with more than 30 years of legal and business experience, primarily in high-tech industries. In addition to years of private law practice in California and Washington, D.C., he has been a senior executive in companies that raised more than $100 million in venture capital investment and has acted as lead counsel or the senior executive in more than 100 closed M&A transactions. Mr. Brooks served as the senior legal advisor for MicroAge, Computerland, and USWeb, co-founded Centegy Corp, and also served as COO of Unicess Networks and SVP Business Development of Wine.com (formerly Virtual Vineyards). He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the University of Maryland School of Law.