Richard Fontana

Speaking Engagements, Interviews and Conference Tracks

"Containers for Lawyers", Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop, Barcelona, April 13, 2016.

"Open Source: The Future of Technological Development" (panelist), Southern California Linux Expo, Pasadena, January 22, 2016.

"Commercialization of Open Source", Southern California Linux Expo, Pasadena, January 22, 2016.

"License Compliance Dispute Resolution" (panelist), SFLC Fall Conference 2015, New York, October 30, 2015.

"Open-source Licensing: Myth Versus Reality II" (panelist), Association of Corporate Counsel 2015 Annual Meeting, Boston, October 21, 2015.

"Strategies for Managing Open Source Software" (panelist), Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, Cambridge, Mass., May 20, 2015.

"Oracle v. Google", Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop, Barcelona, April 17, 2015.

Legal & Policy Issues DevRoom (co-organizer), FOSDEM, Brussels, January 31-February 1, 2015.

"Open Source and Free Software Compliance" (panelist), IP Counsel Cafe, New York, November 14, 2014.

"Open Source Governance: what's hot?" (panelist), Open World Forum, Paris, October 31, 2014.

"CLAs: Best Thing Since Sliced Bread or Tool of the Devil" (panelist), OSCON 2014, Portland, July 23, 2014.

"Taking License Compatibility Semi-Seriously". FOSDEM 2014 Legal & Policy Issues DevRoom, Brussels, February 2, 2014. [video]

Legal & Policy Issues DevRoom (co-organizer), FOSDEM, Brussels, February 1-2, 2014.

"Licenses and Lawyers!" (interview). JBoss Asylum 31, recorded September 12, 2013. [mp3, ogg]

"The Legal Side of the POSS World". OSCON, Portland, July 24, 2013. [slides (pdf, source)]

"Panel — GNU Affero General Public License, Version 3" (panelist). Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, San Francisco, April 17, 2013.

"GPLv3, Tivoization and Automotive Linux" (panelist). Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, San Francisco, April 16, 2013. [video (requires Flash), LWN.net coverage)

Legal track (co-organizer). Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, San Francisco, April 16–17, 2013.

"copyleft-next: An Introduction". FOSDEM Legal Issues DevRoom, Brussels, February 3, 2013. [slides (pdf, source), LWN.net coverage)]

"Panel Discussion: GNU Affero General Public License, version 3" (moderator). Legal Issues DevRoom, FOSDEM, Brussels, February 2, 2013 (audio).

Legal Issues DevRoom (co-organizer). FOSDEM, Brussels, February 2–3, 2013.

"The Legal Significance of OpenStack". OpenStack Summit, San Diego, October 17, 2012. [slides, video (requires Flash and has out-of-sync audio)]

"Contribution Policies for FOSS Projects". EOLE, Paris, October 12, 2012 (slides).

"Recent Trends in Open Source Licensing". Open World Forum, Paris, October 11, 2012 (slides).

"The Tragedy of the Commons Gatekeepers". LinuxCon North America, San Diego, August 30, 2012 (slides, podcast, LWN.net coverage).

"The Decline of the GPL, and What to Do About It". Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, San Francisco, April 4, 2012 (slides, audio).

"GPL Panel" (panelist). LibrePlanet, Boston, March 25, 2012.

"The Evolution of Open Source Business Models". Kitware, Clifton Park, NY, March 22, 2012 (slides).

"Open Source as a Legal System". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, March 21, 2012 (slides).

"The Decline of the GPL, and What to Do About It". Legal Issues DevRoom, FOSDEM, Brussels, February 4, 2012 (slides).

Legal Issues DevRoom (co-organizer). FOSDEM, Brussels, February 4, 2012.

"Effective Open Source Development Business Practices". Open Source and Free Software 2011: Benefits, Risks and Challenges, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, December 7, 2011 (slides).

"A Brief Legal History of the Linux Project". LinuxCon North America, Vancouver, August 19, 2011 (slides).

"Contributor Agreements Considered Harmful". OSCON, Portland, July 28, 2011 (slides, podcast).

"The Evolution of Open Source Software as a Corporate Asset" (panelist). ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Boston, April 16, 2011 (slides).

"Open Source Projects and Corporate Entanglement". Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, San Francisco, April 7, 2011 (slides, podcast).

"IP Law for Hackers". FUDCon, Tempe, AZ, January 30, 2011 (slides).

"Red Hat Legal Talks!". FUDCon, Tempe, AZ, January 29, 2011.

"License Enforcement and Avoiding Litigation". Open Source and Free Software 2010: Benefits, Risks and Challenges, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, December 8, 2010 (slides).

"Contribution Policies for Open Source Projects". LinuxCon, Boston, August 12, 2010 (slides).

"Open Source License Compliance". Open Your World webinar, May 10, 2010 (slides, audio).

"Improving the Open Source Legal System". Southern California Linux Expo, Los Angeles, February 21, 2010 (slides, LWN.net coverage).

"Fontana Redux" (interview). Software Freedom Law Show 0x1E, released January 5, 2010 (mp3, ogg).

"Open Source License Enforcement and Compliance". Open Source and Free Software 2009: Benefits, Risks and Challenges in Today's Economic Environment, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, December 9, 2009 (slides).

"Improving Legal Certainty in FOSS: Best Practices for Upstream Projects". OSCON, Portland, July 23, 2009 (slides).

"Web Services Panel" (panelist). Open Source Business Conference, San Francisco, March 25, 2009.

"Lawyers Who Wear Fedoras" (interview). Software Freedom Law Show 0x04, released January 6, 2009 (mp3, ogg).

"Open Source Best Practices". Open Source Software 2008: Benefits, Risks and Challenges for Software Users, Developers and Investors, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, December 10, 2008 (slides).

"GPLv3 in Practice". Open Source Software, Law Seminars International, Boston, October 29, 2008 (slides).

"Current Issues in Open Source Licensing". Red Hat Summit, Boston, June 19, 2008.

"GPL 3 Interpretation" (panelist). Open Source Software, Law Seminars International, San Francisco, June 9, 2008 (slides).

"GPLv3". Open Source Software 2007: Risks, Rewards & Practical Realities in the Corporate Environment, Practising Law Institute, New York, November 14, 2007, and San Francisco, December 5, 2007.

"Patent Issues for Open Source Developers". SFLC Legal Summit, New York, October 12, 2007.

"What Software Licensing Attorneys Need to Know About the New General Public License (GPLv3)" (panelist). BNA Legal & Business Edge webinar, July 24, 2007.

"Higher Education and Patent Reform: Pulled in Two Directions" (panelist). EDUCAUSE Policy Conference, Arlington, VA, May 16, 2007.

"An Overview and Update on the State of Open Source Licensing and Collaborative Development Models". Licensing Executives Society, Boston, April 12, 2007) (slides).

"Real-World GPLv3". OSDL Linux User Advisory Council, New York, February 15, 2007.

"Impact of the GPLv3" (panelist). LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit, New York, February 15, 2007.

"Patent Defense Mechanisms for Open Source Communities" (panelist). Sakai Conference, Atlanta, December 6, 2006).

"Roundtable: Options for Action/Reform" (panelist). Software Patents: A Time for Change?, Boston, November 17, 2006.

"GPL Version 3". Open Source Software 2006: Critical Issues in Today's Corporate Environment, Practising Law Institute, New York, November 15, 2006.

"An Update on GPLv3". Open Bar meeting, Boston, September 26, 2006 (slides).

"GPLv3: An Update". OSDL Linux User Advisory Council, Waltham, MA, June 15, 2006 (slides).

"International Implications of a Worldwide Copyright License" (moderator). FISL, Porto Alegre, Brazil, April 21, 2006.

"GPLv3: Key Changes and Specific Elements". FISL, Porto Alegre, Brazil, April 21, 2006 (slides).

"GPL 3.0: Progress and Process" (panelist). Open Source Business Conference, San Francisco, February 14, 2006.