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Open source software is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone. Open source software is made by many people, and distributed under licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition.

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The Faces of Open Source: Mike Dolan


We're pleased to present the eighth, but sadly, final episode of Shane Martin Coughlan's, "The Faces of Open Source Law", featuring Mike Dolan. We'd like to thank Shane for his great work in introducing the issues related to open source software and communities, as well as the people so deeply involved and committed to helping the movement succeed.

The Faces of Open Source: Harald Welte


Harald Welte is featured in this, the seventh episode of "The Faces of Open Source Law," by Shane Martin Coughlan. Over the past six interviews, we hope you've come to not only recognize the faces of those working on legal matters with the open source community, but also come to appreciate the importance of such issues for promoting and fostering a healthy open source software ecosystem.