The Faces of Open Source: Jim Wright


Jim Wright features in the sixth episode of Shane Martin Coughlan's, "The Faces of Open Source Law." about open source, law and how our community is evolving. Interviews were shot during breaks at the FSFE Legal Network 'Legal and Licensing Workshop' in Barcelona during April 2017. Thanks to everyone who made it happen!

Jim is a powerhouse of knowledge in open source. He is fully versed in technical issues and deeply experienced in legal matters, both visible immediately in his quick, easy and comprehensive commentary around virtually any open source-related subject. Our discussion was framed by the same three questions as all the others in season one: how did he enter open source? what was the most interesting thing he observed? what did he think we should keep our eyes open for in the next 12 to 24 months? What stood out is perhaps how Jim tied his answers to the longer history of open source itself, and framed his answers in the content of our 20 plus year evolution as a community.

One thing that Jim’s interview highlighted was that there was plenty of scope for deeper, more comprehensive interviews as we explored open source law, and he helped set the tone that would see a decision to shoot long-form interviews in the forthcoming series two.


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