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Monday, September 16 • 5:10pm - 6:00pm
Navigating the Legal Minefields of Fedora - Tom Callaway, Red Hat

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Fedora has a commitment to Free Software at its core, but the universe is not so simple. Backed by Red Hat, Fedora presents a significant target for legal threats and has to be ever vigilant to minimize risk while still providing the latest and greatest in functionality. In this talk, I will discuss some of the framework that Fedora has established to navigate the legal minefields present in our industry, including:

 * Copyright Licensing
 * Software Patents
 * Trademarks
 * Contributor License Agreements (CLAs)

The audience is anyone who wants a better understanding of the legal (and pseudo-legal) intricacies of the FOSS and Linux space. Individuals involved with Linux (or other Free OS) distributions will especially enjoy it, but it is applicable to anyone involved with a FOSS software project, or who wants to better understand the answer to "why can't you do that?"

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Tom Callaway

University Outreach Lead, Red Hat
Tom Callaway has been working for Red Hat since 2001, and is currently leading an effort to promote open source in higher education. Tom also maintains a large number of Packages in Fedora (350+), and is responsible for managing Fedora's Legal issues. Tom frequently represents Fedora and Free Software at conferences around the world, and tries his best not to make too big of a fool of himself. When not working, Tom enjoys geocaching, ice... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2013 5:10pm - 6:00pm
Strand 10B

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