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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

Senior Intellectual Property Manager, Wind River Systems
Mark Gisi, Directory of Intellectual Property and Open Source at Wind River Systems (an Intel subsidiary), has been responsible for managing Open Source policies, processes and programs for the past 10 years. Mark has extensive experience managing the use of open source software to both maximize ROI and mitigate risk. That includes managing Open source software to go beyond reducing costs such as: accelerating innovation; fostering internal... Read More →

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

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