November 16-17, 2017 - Yokohama, Japan
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Thursday, November 16 • 10:20 - 11:00
GPL: The Best Business License for Corporate Code - James Bottomley, IBM Research

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Permissive licences have been gaining popularity for a while now. However, when looked at holistically it can be shown that the quid-pro-quo element of GPL fosters better collaboration amongs both individual and corporate contributors, facilitates better governance and provides a fairer patent licensing regime than any permissive
licence, thus making GPL the most business friendly open source licence available.

This talk will begin with a review of what corporations seek to get out of open source (namely a shared contribution to a platform or universal adoption of a standard) why equity of participation is essential to this and follow with a detailed comparison of how GPL achieves this vs Apache-2.0. We will also touch on ideal governance an how the compliance requirements of GPL enforce this; how patent licensing equity is achieved and end with tips for promoting the GPL.

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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 →

Thursday November 16, 2017 10:20 - 11:00 JST

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