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Friday, March 28 • 11:30am - 12:20am
Legal Team Discussions (Cont.) - Mark Gisi, Wind River; Jilayne LoveJoy & Paul Madick, Legal Team Co-Chairs

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This session will continue the discussion as to whether the current SPDX license expression syntax is sufficient to represent the licensing terms of most files (e.g., source, library and binary programs). The current specification allows for the combination of the SPDX License List short identifiers to identify a license, plus binary operands (AND and OR) to indicate disjunctive or conjunctive licenses.  Is this sufficient to describe the licensing of most programs derived from multiple source and library files, where each is potentially under a different license? Additionally, is there a way we can more effectively represent certain license terms by special syntax or an exception list (e.g., GPL vX only/or later and GPL w/exception).

Preliminary discussions about possible better solutions have been on-going.  This meeting will pick up that effort and highlight proposed solutions with a goal to making a decision by the end of the session.

A summary of the problem can be found here:

Example file notices that are not easily represented using the current license list and just AND/OR can be found here:

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Mark Gisi

Senior Intellectual Property Manager, Wind River Systems
Mark Gisi, Directory of Intellectual Property and Open Source at Wind River Systems (an Intel subsidiary), has been responsible for managing Open Source policies, processes and programs for the past 10 years. Mark has extensive experience managing the use of open source software to both maximize ROI and mitigate risk. That includes managing Open source software to go beyond reducing costs such as: accelerating innovation; fostering internal... Read More →
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Jilayne Lovejoy

Open Source Consel, ARM, ARM
Jilayne participates in various open source industry groups, including co-leading the legal team for SPDX. Jilayne coordinates and supports open source software legal issues at ARM, including training, compliance, and community work. In her spare time, Jilayne can be found riding her bike(s) or hosting the geeky podcast, FOSS+beer.
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Paul Madick

Senior Counsel, HP
Paul Madick is a Senior Counsel in the Cloud Computing and Open Source group of Hewlett-Packard Co.’s (HP) Office of the General Counsel.  In his position at HP, Paul has had the opportunity to participate in a number of open source industry groups, including serving on the legal team for the Software Package Data Exchange® (SPDX) as co-lead. 

Friday March 28, 2014 11:30am - 12:20am
Salon IX

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