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Wednesday, February 15 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
The (Not So) Simple Case of Attribution License Obligations - Alexios Zavras, Intel

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Free and Open Source Software licenses stipulate various obligations upon distribution of the licensed software.
Attribution is generally considered the most basic and the most easily satisfiable requirement.

This talk will challenge this view by showing that simple solutions to attribution obligations might prove to be inadequate and often meticulous process steps are necessary in order to achieve complete compliance. This becomes extremely important in the case of malevolent actors who might argue for license violations.

Faced with this problematic landscape, the talk will present policies that would guarantee fulfillment of the license attribution obligations, regardless of the specific details.
The talk will include real-life examples taken from well-known and widely-used pieces of software that present particular challenges for compliance.


Alexios Zavras

Senior Open Source Compliance Engineer, Intel
Alexios has been involved with Free and Open Source Software since 1983, and is an evangelist for all things Open. Besides his duties in Intel, he is an active participant in a number of industry-wide efforts around compliance issues, like TODO group, SPDX, and OpenChain. He has presented... Read More →

Wednesday February 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm PST
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