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Sign up for the FSF's next seminar on GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics

by Donald Robertson Contributions Published on Aug 27, 2018 12:43 PM
Registration is now open for the Free Software Foundation's seminar on GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics, which is being held on Thursday, September 27th, 2018, at the UC Berkeley School of Law.

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is the recognized canonical source on best practices for the use of GNU licenses. As stewards of the GNU family of licenses, we provide a wide variety of resources for helping developers and lawyers alike to improve their understanding of software freedom. In addition to published resources, we also routinely provide in-person instruction in the form of continuing legal education seminars. The FSF is proud to announce again that we are offering a seminar to take place on the west coast on September 27th. Register here!

Attendees of this full-day, five-session seminar will learn about:

  • Copyleft and other important concepts in the GNU family of licenses, including the General Public License;

  • Best practices in the free software licensing enforcement process;

  • Implementing a compliance program;

  • Government procurement of free software;

  • Current topics in free software licensing; and

  • Ethical considerations important to any lawyer working with clients involved in free software.

While registration is open to the public, this seminar is a special opportunity for law students and legal professionals, who can potentially earn continuing legal education (CLE) credits for participating. An application requesting MCLE credit for this activity is pending for approval by the State Bar of California.

Now is the perfect time for your employer to become an FSF Corporate Patron and receive complimentary passes to this event, as well as additional benefits like free software licensing consultation, tickets to the annual LibrePlanet conference, GNU Press T-shirts, and more.

The sessions will be led by experts and respected leaders in the free software community, including Karen Sandler, executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy; Bradley Kuhn, president of the Software Freedom Conservancy and a member of the FSF's Board of Directors; Marc Jones, in-house counsel & security engineer at CivicActions; Aaron Williamson, general counsel & director of governance at FINOS; and Donald R. Robertson, III, J.D., the FSF's licensing & compliance manager. FSF executive director John Sullivan will also be giving introductory and closing remarks.

A detailed agenda, as well as curriculum materials, will soon be posted on the event page. If you have any questions, please contact

Thanks in advance for helping us spread the word and we hope to see you at the event!

Register now!

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