Jeudi 6 décembre licensing (Fossa 2012)
Software compliance with legal rules and practices is often an overhead
effort in open source software development.
Developers usually focus more on what they do and on the value of their
results, than on software legal compliance. Giving more consideration
to any rule and practice is actually worthy when they deal with the
quality of the development process and of the related results.
But what if they would lead developers to manage complex legal topics
that exceed their knowledge?
Legal rules and practices compliance is valuable in the development of
free/open source software projects for fun as well as for a community.
And it is definitely appropriate (and requires some caution) in the
development of projects for business.
In any case, the open source ecosystem doesn’t help so much, because of
various issues, such as the proliferation of licenses and the complexity
of many of them.
Some tools help in handling these issues, but they request to invest
in knowledge and in some legal advice at last.
How can we face this complexity without involving lawyers and counsels,
or by reducing their effort as much as possible?
During this track speakers will share their experience in this domain
with the audience and will propose practices to handle open source
software legal aspects effectively.
A final debate will involve all participants to give an answer to the
main suggestions made by speakers and to still a common understanding.
08:15 Welcome coffee
08:45 Welcome message
by Engineering Group
09:00 How to train your lawyer to say “yes” more often
Train your lawyer to say “yes” more often. They have a reputation for
being negative, but if you construct your project processes sensibly,
they are less likely to be negative about the risks.
Andrew is a lawyer practising in England where he is head of technology
at boutique law firm Moorcrofts LLP and has advised on open source
software since the mid 1990s.
He represents a wide variety of open source software companies, and has
more recently become involved in a number of open hardware projects, in
the automotive, maritime, aerospace and electronics industries.
He’s a founder editor of the International Free and Open Source Software
Law Review, and has lectured on open source in London, Paris, Boston,
New York, Boston, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Helsinki and Mangalia, Romania.
10′ Session 777
09:40 SpagoBI suite: moving from LGPLv2 to MPLv2: lesson learned, business & community improvement
The new Mozilla Public License is a significant step to simplify the
open source licensing approach: it’s really a simpler, shorter,
understandable (also by non legal people), modern license favouring
code reuse and redistribution because it solves major compatibility
After its release, SpagoBI has decided to move its license from LGPLv2
to MPLv2. It has been an opportunity to assess the current status of
the license compliance of the various software components included in
the project, to modernize the project license choice and to provide
more flexibility to users.
What were the challenges, the process and the impact on the SpagoBI
community? Three months after the release of the new MPLv2-licensed
of SpagoBI suite, what are the results and the impact on related
business activities? Lessons learned and practical tips.
SpagoWorld founder and Architectures & Consulting director within the
Research & Innovation Division of Engineering Group
Gabriele Ruffatti has held senior management positions in project and
product management for large enterprises and the public administration,
in software process improvement & quality assurance and in the
definition of innovative architectural solutions.
In 2004 he founded the SpagoWorld initiative.
He is currently member of the SpagoWorld board and of OW2 Consortium
Board of Directors, and is active in the community of Eclipse Foundation
and in the FLOSS Competence Center international network.
Committed to students’ and IT professionals’ education, he has lectured
at Engineering Group’s ICT Training School on software engineering & quality
and adjunct professor for open source software at the University of Padua, Italy.
He cooperates with various research institutes, universities and students,
through workshops, presentations, internships and degree thesis support.
- 10′ Session 777
10:20 Open Source for academic research, technology transfer & spin-off creation: Yes we can !
SOFA is an Open Source (LGPL) framework primarily targeted at real-time
simulation, with an emphasis on medical simulation. SOFA is a joint research and
development effort of Inria and several other academic partners.
From the beginning it also targets commercial applications. The presentation will
present SOFA, academic and industrial projects using SOFA, how we can use
open source software both for research and business purposes, and how we can
combine open source and proprietary software in the same project.
He received a PhD in computer science in 1993.
After 6 years as Assistant Professor at the University of Lille I, he co-founded
in 1999 a company specialized in medical simulation.
Back to the University and Inria in 2004, he contributed to the definition of
the SOFA project.
Since 2006 he has been Head of the Technology Transfer Office of Inria
Lille – Nord Europe research centre.
10:50 Coffee break
11:20 Make a good contributor license agreement: Yes you can !
by Dan Shearer
- 10′ Session 777
12:00 Open debate: what’s next for your legal practices? Simplify, be focused, be inclusive, train your lawyers
by Gabriele Ruffatti
13:45 Welcome message
14:00 Motivations in Free Software communities
Why contribute? “I did it for teh lulz” R. Stallman
Most of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) developers are not paid to contribute,
so why do they work anyway? In this talk, we’ll investigate the motivations of
We’ll put them in perspective with recent studies on motivations and communities
of practice. In particular, we’ll see that distinguishing internal vs external
incentives is a key to understand why FOSS communities are able to attract and
keep contributors around the production of a software…
Gephi Consortium, and UPMC LIP6
My goal is to democratize network thinking.
I’m co-founder of Gephi, the open source software for exploring networks
of all kind.
I currently work as a PhD candidate in the ComplexNetworks team of the
LIP6, to study the dynamics of real-world networks (social networks,
computer networks, the web…).
I graduated in computer science at the Université de Technologie de
Compiègne, France, with a minor degree in cognitive science.
14:30 Cloud Community Management
by Dave Neary (Red Hat)
15:00 SPECIAL TALK // 20 years of OSS project history: Good & Bad community practices
by Mark Atwood (Keynote Speaker, HP, Open stack)
15:45 Coffee Break
16:00 Le logiciel libre : relation de service, coproduction et création de valeur au sein d’un réseau d’acteurs by Jonathan Le Lous
Le logiciel libre : relation de service, coproduction et création de
valeur au sein d’un réseau d’acteurs.
Ce travail de recherche porte sur l’analyse de l’open source comme modèle
de prestation de service informatique dans lequel des acteurs aux objectifs *
contradictoires collaborent. Sur la base d’entretiens, il analyse la
création de valeur, et les modèles de revenus associés, en fonction des
caractéristiques des acteurs engagés dans un projet libre (communauté,
utilisateurs, éditeur, logiciel et prestataire de service).
Jonathan Le Lous
Responsable de l’innovation Alter Way.
Doctorant, Centre de Recherche en Management – UMR 5303 CNRS
Jonathan Le Lous travaille depuis 2004 dans le logiciel libre.
Il est aujourd’hui responsable de l’innovation et de la libre académie
au sein d’Alter Way et membre du conseil d’administration de l’April.
En 2008 Jonathan a reprit ses études pour faire une thèse au sein de
l’IAE de Toulouse qu’il soutiendra en mars 2013.
Il présentera les résultats de ce travail et de son expérience lors de
16:30 Return on experience – PhP France – AFUP
by Perrick Pennet-Avez (noParking)
17:00 End with Nuit de l’info 2012