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Seminar on GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics

by Dana Morgenstein Contributions Published on Aug 27, 2018 12:39 PM
When Sep 27, 2018

from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Goldberg Room, Simon Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law, 2745 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
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The Free Software Foundation's Seminar on GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics will be held on Thursday, September 27th at UC Berkeley School of Law. 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 and security engineer at CivicActions; Aaron Williamson, general counsel & director of governance at FINOS; and Donald R. Robertson, III, J.D., the FSF's licensing and compliance manager. FSF executive director John Sullivan will also be giving introductory and closing remarks.



9:30 Welcome and introductory remarks

Session 1

09:45 Brief introduction to the GNU General Public License
10:45 Break

Session 2

10:55 Legal ethics for free software
11:55 Lunch break

Session 3

01:30 Government procurement of free software
02:30 Break

Session 4

02:40 Implementing a compliance program/process
03:40 Break

Session 5

03:50 Current topics in free software licensing
04:50 Closing remarks

Location and parking

The event will take place in Goldberg Room, Simon Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law, 2745 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

Transportation details available at

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