Open Source License Clinic to be held May 9, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) will host a small open source license clinic as part of its non-profit educational mission, in collaboration with federal agency participants and the Washington D.C. technology community, at the US Library of Congress in Washington, D.C..

Who Should Attend? The clinic is designed as a cross-industry, cross-community workshop for legal, contract, acquisition and program professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of open source software licenses, and raise their proficiency to better serve their organizations objectives as well as identify problems which may be unique to government. Discussion of licenses and issues in straight-forward terms make the clinic of value to anyone involved in the life-cycle of a technology decision/acquisition or strategy for internal software development.

Your Moderator: The morning will be moderated by OSI board director and license committee chair Mr. Luis Villa. Mr. Villa is currently Deputy General Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously he was an attorney at Greenberg Traurig and Mozilla, where he worked on the revision of the Mozilla Public License (MPL).


Open Source Licenses 201 - A tour of standard open source software licenses and their most common use.

Invited Expert Presenters & Panelists

Ms. Vicki Allums, General Counsel, Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Defense
Mr. Jim Jagielski, OSI board director and President, Apache Foundation
Mr. Mike Milinkovich, OSI board director and Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation
Mr. Luis Villa, OSI board director and Deputy General Counsel, WIkimedia Foundation
Mr. David Wheeler, Analyst, Institute for Defense Analyses

Round Table: A panel of experts representing open source community, industry and government will discuss key licensing issues. Audience participation encouraged, questions will be taken from the floor. Some of the topics discussed will include:

  • What are the common barriers - real or perceived - in government adoption of open source with regard to the licenses under which the software is distributed? What are the successful approaches to overcoming these? Where are the reference models in this regard?
  • What are the challenges for industry or open source community in working with federal agencies? Who has been successful in overcoming these?
  • How are government agencies distributing their own code under open source licenses? Include external shareholders in the process?
  • What is the rational behind license non-proliferation? Does government need special license? What are the case studies or history in this area?

Registration and Venue Details at: Open Source License Clinic Registration

Please Note: You must register to attend the clinic; the clinic will be limited to the maximum capacity of the facility.

The clinic is designed to educate and provide a forum for discussion, and should not be construed as legal advice. Attendees should consult with their own legal counsel before making decisions regarding software licenses.

To promote and protect open source software and communities...

For over 20 years the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, the OSI champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the software in modified and unmodified form. Software freedom is essential to enabling community development of open source software.