September 27-30, 2021
Seattle, Washington, USA + Virtual
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Tuesday, September 28 • 11:00am - 11:50am
(IN-PERSON) Essential Guide to Preserving Freedom of Action for Open Source Developers - James Bottomley, IBM

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The history of Open Source provides great examples of hacks to the governance systems the world operates under, the most well known of which is Copyleft, provided you know what to look for. The trick to hacking the legal system is to take some mechanism in law that is apparently designed to work against you, your project, or open source in general and make it work for you instead. This talk will cover, with examples how previous hacks to the governance system have worked. We'll briefly cover copyleft, but then dive into hacks such as the legal basis for the Developer Certificate of Origin. Finally we'll explain how using these techniques, every developer can achieve things like ownership of their own copyrights, and why, from a developer and project perspective, this is important both for representation in the project as well as for the general health of the ecosystem.

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James Bottomley

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
James Bottomley is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research where he works on Cloud and Container technology. He is also Linux Kernel maintainer of the SCSI subsystem. He has been a Director on the Board of the Linux Foundation and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board. He went to... Read More →

Tuesday September 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Room 501
  Wildcard, Developer/Legal