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OCS 2020 Keynote: Heather Meeker, Partner at OSS Capital

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Heather Meeker is the founding portfolio partner of OSS Capital and a partner at O’Melveny & Myers, an international law firm based in California. She advises clients on technology matters, including licensing and collaboration arrangements, software copyright and patent issues, and investments, mergers and acquisitions. She is an internationally-known specialist in open source software licensing and author of the book “Open Source For Business,” a handbook for engineers, businesspersons and lawyers who want to understand the use of open source software in private enterprise.

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The history of FOSS licensing, COSS licensing evolutions and the current events leading to a cambrian explosion in "source available" licensing.

Heather's origins as IP lawyer and OSS experiences — 00:35

Did programming experience help in understanding OSS? — 2:26

Is open-source intellectual property? — 5:59

Recent developments in licensing and open-source — 7:25

Evolution of term ‘distribution’ + effect on OSS — 11:45

How can COSS founders protect from cloud providers? — 14:00

What do companies want from source available? — 18:49

How do you advise companies re: source available? — 22:55

Innovation and tech developments in law — 25:20


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