Video by Tim Kiernan. Produced by Kim Jokisch.
Perhaps you’ve seen the recent headlines. Or perhaps you saw them last summer… or the summer before that. Free and open source software infringes our patents, they say. Open source users may have to pay royalties, they say.
Is it true? Is open source really under that kind of threat?
Fortunately, we had an expert on hand to answer all these questions (and more). Eben Moglen, professor of law and head honcho at the Software Freedom Law Center, was a keynote speaker in Nashville last year. And he returned for this year’s San Diego Summit to lead two well-attended sessions on the GPL and other legal issues.
In fact, he perfectly answered the questions we found ourselves asking as this new wave of Microsoft accusations broke. And you can’t get much more timely than this: the session recorded here was filmed just last week. Wednesday, May 9th, 2007 to be precise.