On January 20 and 21, 2004, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) will offer two day-long seminars on Free Software Licensing and the GNU GPL at Columbia Law School in New York. The two days will provide a detailed study and analysis of the GPL, review a few case studies and look at legal ethics in Free Software Licensing. The seminars will be co-led by Daniel Ravicher, Senior Counsel to FSF and Bradley M. Kuhn, Executive Director of FSF.
Study and Analysis of GPL and LGPL", the seminar on January 20, will
give a section-by-section explanation of the most popular Free Software
copyright license, the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), and will
educate lawyers, software developers, managers and business people on
how to use the GPL (and GPL'd software) successfully in a new Free
Software business and in existing, successful enterprises.
On January 21, FSF will offer "GPL Compliance Case Studies and Legal
Ethics in Free Software Licensing". Also a day-long seminar,
which will present the details of five different GPL compliance cases
handled by FSF's GPL Compliance Laboratory. Each case offers unique
insights into problems that can arise when the terms of GPL are not
properly followed, and how diplomatic negotiation between the violator
and the copyright holder can yield positive results for both parties.
This course also includes a unit on the ethical considerations for
attorneys who want to represent clients that make use of or sell Free
To register for the seminar, please
download the registration form, fill
it in and fax it to FSF.
Speaker: Eben Moglen
will be the lunchtime speaker. Professor Moglen is Professor of Law
and Legal History at Columbia Law School and one of the nation's
foremost scholars on copyright, patents and the proposed "Broadcast
Flag". He is also a member of FSF's Board of Directors and the
foundation's General Counsel. Professor Moglen has also written
extensively on the SCO vs IBM lawsuit.
"Detailed Study and Analysis of GPL and
January 20, 9 am to 6 pm
Prerequisites: Attendees should have
a general familiarity with software development processes. A basic
understanding of how copyright law typically applies to software is also
Audience: The course is of most interest to lawyers, software developers and managers who run (or have clients who run) software businesses that modify and/or redistribute software under terms of the GNU GPL or LGPL, or who wish to make use of existing GPL'd and LGPL'd software in their enterprise.
The course will include the topics
listed below, along with ample time for questions and discussions.
* Free Software
Principles and the Free Software Definition
* Preamble of the GNU General Public License (GPL)
* GPL, Section 0: Definitions, etc.
* GPL, Section 1: Grant for Verbatim Source Copying
* Derivative Works: Statute and Case Law
* GPL, Section 2: Grants for Source Derivative Works
* GPL, Section 3: Grants for Creating Binary Derivative Works
* The Implied Patent Grant in GPL
* GPL, Section 4: Termination of License
* GPL, Section 5: Acceptance of License
* GPL, Section 6: Prohibition on Further Restrictions
* GPL, Section 7: Conflicts with other Agreements or Orders
* GPL, Section 8: International Licensing Issues
* GPL, Section 9: FSF as GPL's Stewards
* GPL, Section 10: Copyright Holder's Exceptions to GPL
* GPL, Section 11: Disclaimer of Warranties
* GPL, Section 12: Limitation of Liability
* Lesser General Public License (LGPL)
For more details, please visit http://www.fsf.org/licenses/200104_seminar.html.
Compliance Case Studies and Legal Ethics in Free Software Licensing"
January 21, 9 am to 6 pm
Prerequisites: Attendees should have successfully completed the course, a Detailed Study and Analysis of GPL and LGPL, as the material from that course forms the building blocks for this material, or have attended a previous Free Software Licensing and the GNU GPL Seminar.
Audience: The course is of most interest to lawyers who have clients or employers that deal with Free Software on a regular basis. However, technical managers and executives whose businesses use or distribute Free Software will also find the course very helpful.
The course will include the topics listed below, along with ample time for questions and discussions.
GPL Compliance Case Studies:
* Overview of FSF's GPL Compliance Lab
* GPL Violation Case
Ethical Considerations for the Attorney Practicing Free Software
* Part I:
Representing Free Software Clients
* Part II: Practicing Free Software
* Part III: More General Ethical Considerations Relevant to Free Software
For more details, please visit http://www.fsf.org/licenses/210104_seminar.html.
Credits: Attorneys who successfully complete "Detailed Study and Analysis of GPL and
LGPL" on January 20, will be entitled to 7 New York
Transitional CLE credits. Those who complete "GPL Compliance Case Studies and Legal
Ethics in Free Software Licensing" on January 21, will be entitled to a total of 7.5
New York Transitional CLE credits, 3 in the area of Professional
Practice and 4.5 toward the Ethics and Professionalism requirments.
Companies that have signed up as
Corporate Patrons of FSF receive two complimentary seats at the seminar
and reduced rates for additional participants. Please contact
email@example.com for more details. You can find out more about the
Corporate Patron Program at http://patron.fsf.org.
Both days of the seminar will be held at Columbia Law School in New York. Directions will be sent following registration. For more information, please contact Ravi Khanna, FSF's Director of Communication at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1+617-620-9640.