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Software Freedom After SCO: GPL and the Evolving Free Software Ecosystem

Track: BOF
Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Salon B


Moderated by: Bradley Kuhn

The question is no longer whether or not the SCO v. IBM lawsuit (and the surrounding PR campaign against Free Software) will fail; the question now is only when. While no one can name the moment when SCO will fizzle and leave the landscape, we can extrapolate how the post-SCO Free Software world must be structured to assure its continued success.

The SCO litigation has reminded FSF, and taught others for the first time, that merely licensing Free Software under GPL, albeit an excellent first step, is not necessarily sufficient to ward off all possible attacks from those who seek to discredit the Free Software infrastructure. The proper assembly of Free Software, both in a technical and legal sense, is a necessary component of defending software freedom.

At this BoF, we'll give an overview of how the Free Software Foundation considered and solved this problem, and what FSF's recommendations are to Free Software projects who seek to stand iron-clad against and above reproach of those would seek to disrupt the free flow of contribution that is essential for software freedom.

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