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Introducing Jaewoo, the Licensing Team's spring intern

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Mar 24, 2014 04:20 PM
Jaewoo Cho recently started working at the FSF as a licensing intern. In this post, he writes about his experience with free software and his goals for the internship.

Hi, my name is Jaewoo Cho, the latest intern on the FSF's Licensing Team, as well as a third-year law student at American University Washington College of Law focusing on copyright, patents, and technology law.

Prior to law school, I worked for a year at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Korea, and before that received my B.S. in business from Indiana University-Bloomington. I actually started college as a computer science major, but it did not take long to realize that I was not going to be a good programmer. I decided to change my major to business, economics, and public policy; however, my interest in computer technology and software has stayed with me this entire time. While in law school, my primary focus has been the intersection of law and technology, which has lead me to explore issues of copyright, patents, and cyberlaw.

I am relatively new to free software community, having first become active in 2012 when I took a position the Korea Open Source Software Law Center as a legal coordinator, which provided me with the invaluable opportunity to research various free software legal issues. The Center's primary purpose was to increase the awareness of free software governance and compliance issues in the Korean market. Many Korean companies such as Samsung and LG electronics are already using various free software in their projects. Unfortunately, these companies do not always understand how to comply with free software licenses.

From my experience at the Center, I learned that it is especially important to help companies and and individual free software developers have the resources and support to be able to comply with a license when they first start distributing a free software program, rather than having them seek compliance consultation after someone has reported a violation. I worked together with FSF Europe, Software Freedom Law Center, and the National Information Society Agency of Korea to do just that. I consider it a privilege to be a part of free software movement in South Korea while it is still in its very beginning stages.

During my internship this spring at FSF, I hope to get a far better grasp of free software licensing. I will be working on various free software licensing issues by answering questions about licensing and working on the Respect Your Freedom certification program, which encourages the creation and sale of computer hardware that will do as much as possible to respect user freedom and privacy. Free software is necessary to achieve users’ freedom, and I believe this Respect Your Freedom project will provide more choices to users since they will know that they will have full control over their device.

This internship is an exciting opportunity for me and I look forward to learning more about software freedom and working with the Licensing Team at Free Software Foundation.

If you have any questions, you can reach me via our licensing address at

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