September 27-30, 2021
Seattle, Washington, USA + Virtual
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Monday, September 27 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
(IN-PERSON) "Installation Information" and GPLv3 & GPLv2 -- What Information Must you Provide, and What do you Need Not Provide, for your Embedded Systems? - McCoy Smith, Lex Pan Law

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GPLv3 introduced the concept of requiring the disclosure of "Installation Information" as part of the source code obligations of that license. Recently, some have argued something equivalent to that requirement is also a part of GPLv2. The presenter will discuss the history of the "Installation Information" requirement and GPLv3, what sort of systems to which it applies, what sort of information has to be supplied, and contrasts that to the requirements of GPLv2. An opposing viewpoint to the contention that GPLv2 inherently requires the same information that GPLv3 will be presented, along with the textual and historical basis for that position. Understanding the two differing requirements of these licenses are crucial for anyone working with embedded systems using GPLv3 and GPLv2, particularly systems using embedded Linux. The presentation will outline for compliance professionals and business decisionmakers what they need to know about the requirements of these two licenses.


McCoy Smith

Founding Attorney, Lex Pan Law
In a more than 35 year career in technology and law, McCoy Smith has worked in virtually every facet involving the intersection of the two fields: engineer, patent examiner, patent & trademark prosecutor, patent litigator, patent reexamination and opposition proceeding advocate, patent... Read More →

Monday September 27, 2021 2:30pm - 3:20pm PDT
Room 402
  Wildcard, Legal & Compliance