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Thursday, February 19 • 2:40pm - 3:30pm
The Physics of Software Licensing - Mark Gisi, Wind River Systems

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The physical reality on how software is constructed today (e.g., combining many components from various different sources) logically implies that the licensing of modern day software is best represented as a composite set of licenses. That is a change from the traditional single license designation. Composite licensing is a byproduct of wide spread source code sharing, where sharing is the underling force behind the open source movement’s success. A project’s licensing composition evolves as it borrows (copies) source code from other projects with different licensing. We use a simple molecular physics analogy (e.g., atom/molecule construction) to represent how software is constructed and then use that information to determine software licensing obligations of a program (or library) derived from different sources under different licenses. 

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Mark Gisi

Director, Open Source, Wind River
Mark Gisi, Director of Open Source Programs at Wind River Systems, is manager of the open source program office responsible for open source adoption; risk mitigation; community engagement and innovation acceleration. Mark is also a lead contributor to the Hyperledger Software Parts... Read More →

Thursday February 19, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm PST
Sonoma Mountain

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