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Wednesday, April 17 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Licensing of Software on Github: A Quantitative Analysis - Aaron Williamson, Software Freedom Law Center

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Github hosts over 5,000,000 software repositories and has become central to the workflow of thousands of free and open source software projects. To many developers, posting a Github repository has become synonymous with ""open sourcing"" a project. Some don't bother even including a license for the code -- a practice Redmonk's James Governor calls ""post open source software"" and OSI's Simon Phipps calls bad hygiene. This talk will examine the data -- SFLC pulled data on millions of projects down from the Github API and looked at their licenses. Aaron will use that data to show how many projects are truly license-less and also to look at usage patterns for particular FOSS licenses across Github.

This talk is aimed at anyone interested in how developers approach FOSS licensing. No particular technical experience is necessary.


Aaron Williamson

Software Freedom Law Center
Aaron Williamson is senior staff counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he advises projects and developers on free software licensing, trademark policy, nonprofit formation and compliance, litigation, and other legal issues. He is currently studying patterns of license... Read More →

Wednesday April 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
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