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Friday, March 28 • 9:30am - 10:50am
Legal Team Discussions - 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

Director, Open Source, Wind River
Mark Gisi, Director of Open Source Programs at Wind River Systems, is manager of the open source program office responsible for open source adoption; risk mitigation; community engagement and innovation acceleration. Mark is also a lead contributor to the Hyperledger Software Parts... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Friday March 28, 2014 9:30am - 10:50am PDT
Salon IX

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