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Computer Law Committee: Legal and Business Considerations of Open Source Software
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When: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
12:30 PM
Where: Zoom Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts 
United States
Contact: Computer Law Committee

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BPLA Computer Law Committee Presentation:

Legal and Business Considerations of Open Source Software

Date and Time: July 15, 2020; 12:30 PM

Location: Video conference – Call-in instructions will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting


AI, cloud, blockchain, fintech, health care, cryptocurrencies, gaming, supply chain management – open source technology is at work in nearly every industry. This presentation will discuss the critical issues that IP, technology and business lawyers need to consider when handling open source software in today’s economy. Best practices and important issues to keep in mind when deciding how to take advantage of the benefits and manage the risks presented by open source software will be covered.


Justin Colannino is an Open Source & Standards Attorney at Microsoft.  He has almost a decade of experience representing clients at the intersection of free & open source software communities and for-profit enterprises. At Microsoft, he is part of a small team that oversees processes to enable open source use at massive scale. Prior to Microsoft, Justin was an active pro bono lawyer to free and open source software communities – having provided pro bono advice to the Free Software Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation, the Open Source Initiative, and the GNOME Foundation. 


Computer Law Committee co-Chairs
Meenakshy Chakravorty, Signify Inc.

Emily Gardel, Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks P.C.


Boston Patent Law Association
One Batterymarch Park, Suite 101
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617.507.5570

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