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Friday, August 22 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Fork and Ignore: Fighting a GPL Violation By Coding Instead - Bradley M. Kuhn, Software Freedom Conservancy

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Typically, GPL enforcement activity involves copyright infringement actions which compel license violators to correct errors in their GPL compliance,thus yielding the policy goals of the GPL: the rights of developers and users to copy, share, modify & redistribute.

While traditional enforcement is often undeniably necessary for embedded electronics products, novel approaches to GPL violations are often possible and even recommended for more traditional software distributions.

Recently, Conservancy engaged in an enforcement action whereby,rather than fight the violator in court, Conservancy instead fostered and provide resources and assistance to a vetted GPL-compliant fork of a violating codebase.

This talk discusses which scenarios make this remedy optimal & lessons learned. The talk includes some licensing & technical content about vetting licensing information of codebases.

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Bradley M. Kuhn

President & Distinguished Technologist, Software Freedom Conservancy
Bradley M. Kuhn helped found Software Freedom Conservancy in 2006, became its Executive Director in 2010, and is currently Conservancy's President and Distinguished Technologist. Kuhn additionally volunteers on Free Software Foundation's Board of Directors, and was previously FSF's Executive Director. Kuhn has been a volunteer contributor and organizer in the Software Freedom Movement since 1992. Kuhn focused his last 15 years on FLOSS... Read More →

Friday August 22, 2014 1:45pm - 2:35pm

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