The Faces of Open Source: Till Jaeger

Dr. Till Jaeger features in the fifth episode of Shane Martin Coughlan's, "The Faces of Open Source Law." The series was shot during breaks at the FSFE Legal Network 'Legal and Licensing Workshop' in Barcelona during April 2017, and is provided here to promote greater understanding of how the law and open source projects and communities are interacting and evolving.

Shane's series explores the history of open source software from the perspective of the people who contributed to its development, not just the technologies, but importantly the legal aspects that are core to open source's success. Several interviews include members of the OSI community--some of the folks who have helped the OSI and software movement grow to become the internationally recognized resource it is today.

As in previous episodes, Shane also provides "production notes", offering some of his own insights from the interviews and around the topics discussed.


Till is one of the original lawyers behind open source license compliance. His work for is well-known as is his more recent engagement in the GPL case involving VMware. What is less known is who Till is, how he sees the world, and why he dedicates a lot of time to issues around open technology. Our interview was relatively short but we managed to capture at least a few of these items, and to touch on Till’s larger interests beyond open source. He is, of course, just as well known for contributions to cases around digital citizenship as open source in his native Germany. An exceptionally talented individual who is also an exceptionally nice gentleman.

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