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25 - 27 February 2020 // Nuremberg, Germany

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Open Source Automation Development Lab: The Open Source License Obligations Checklists Vortragssprache Englisch

Whenever Open Source software is copied and distributed which typically is permitted by every type of Open Source license, a number of obligations and prohibitions are imposed on the distributor. As a very common situation of such software, the receivers of the software will recursively redistribute it in such a way that a chain of distributors and receivers is created – all of them having to fulfill the same license obligations. However, for the time being, there is no common understanding how these obligations are to be fulfilled in detail which regularly leads to misunderstandings, conflicts and sometimes even to court cases.
The OSADL Open Source License Obligations Checklists project aimed to create generally accepted checklists of the obligations of commonly used Open Source software that are accepted by distributors and copyright holders and trusted by all members of the distribution chain.

The checklists assume a situation where a licensee of Open Source software incorporates such software components into a product – either a physical device with installed software or a software distribution on a storage medium or on the Internet – and needs to establish appropriate processes in order to fulfill the imposed license obligations for legal compliance when conveying the product to customers.

In order to be accepted by a large variety of professionals, the checklists must be written in plain English language using the identical words for the same condition or action. However, in many cases different license texts use different words for the same condition or action which makes it necessary to create a vocabulary of common license terms. This vocabulary must clearly describe every item of the vocabulary in such a way that it can be used to create canonical versions of the license texts.

This presentation starts with the semantics and definitions of the checklist language. It then goes into the details of achieving agreement among international legal experts. Finally an online presentation is given how a legal person or an engineer would use the developed material of the checklists project in their everyday routine in fulfilling Open Source license obligations.

--- Date: 27.02.2019 Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Location: Exhibitor's Forum, Hall 3, 3-719


 Caren Kresse

Caren Kresse

Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) eG


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