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Wednesday, May 12 • 12:40 - 13:00
Licenses: Ethical Framework, Business Model, Neither, Both?

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Almost 25 years ago, the "open for business" and "free as in freedom" software camps split apart. Since then, the two groups have used largely identical copyright licenses to reach largely divergent ethical and business goals.

That tension has ebbed and flowed ever since, and has now reached a recent peak with two new groups of licenses that break the old rules, trying to encourage investment—or protect human rights.

In this talk, we'll review the history of these conflicts, and give the audience some tools to help understand what these new licenses mean for our industry and our future.

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Luis Villa

Co-founder, Tidelift
Luis Villa is co-founder and general counsel at Tidelift. Previously he was a top open source lawyer advising clients, from Fortune 50 companies to leading startups, on product development, open source licensing, and other matters. Luis is also an experienced open source community... Read More →

Wednesday May 12, 2021 12:40 - 13:00 EDT