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Preview: Dan Bricklin's Software Licensing Podcast

Dan Bricklin's Software Licensing Podcast

Interviews and other material that should be of interest to lawyers, developers, and business people who need to learn more about topics relating to software licensing and Open Source from others in the field at a deep, practical level.

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Stephen Gold, Gordon & Glickson LLC

Mon, 14 Nov 2005 20:31:47 GMT

An interview with Stephen Gold, attorney at the firm of Gordon & Glickson LLC.

Steve's legal background includes extensive experience both in business law counseling and in information technology matters. We discuss how general corporate lawyers have been dealing with Open Source Software, especially the GPL.

Size: 15.7MB, Length: 34:25, Recorded: October 25, 2005

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Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media

Tue, 02 Aug 2005 14:53:32 GMT

An interview with Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media.

O'Reilly Media is a major publisher of computer books. It also hosts conferences on computer languages, Open Source, and Emerging Technologies. Tim discusses their policy for copying computer code examples in their books, their experience with copyable and online books and the effects of piracy, the value of the openness and the "architecture of participation", where there's value in the Open Source ecosystem, the balance between what you own and what you give away, and more.

Size: 24.2MB, Length: 53:00, Recorded: August 1, 2005

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Marten Mickos, MySQL

Thu, 14 Jul 2005 13:51:08 GMT

An interview with Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB.

MySQL is a very popular database that is released under a "dual license" approach that includes the GPL as well as a proprietary one. Marten discusses the differences between the two licenses and the issue of deciding which to use. He also talks about business models, ensuring ownership of copyrights in an Open Source project and in general, software patents, the fact that about 40% of MySQL's active installations are on Windows computers, various segmentations of their market with respect to different licenses, and whether an Open Source-based ISV can make a reasonable amount of money in the eyes of investors.

Size: 18.2MB, Length: 39:48, Recorded: July 13, 2005

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Lawrence Rosen,

Thu, 26 May 2005 20:06:36 GMT

An interview with lawyer Lawrence Rosen of the law firm RosenLaw & Einschlag.

Larry has served as the general counsel and secretary of the Open Source Initiative, authored the book "Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law", and advises Black Duck Software and SpikeSource, Inc. We discussed the "based upon" language in the GPL and derivative works for about 15 minutes, then indemnification, due diligence in mergers and acquisitions (Open Source and proprietary), audits, attorney/client privilege, the effects of Open Source and Open Standards on policies about patents, and more.

Size: 20.7MB, Length: 43:13, Recorded: May 23, 2005

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Joel Spolsky, and Fog Creek Software

Sat, 21 May 2005 21:27:40 GMT

Interview with Joel Spolsky, software developer, author, blogger, and software entrepreneur. Discussions about developers keeping track of where their code comes from and watching out for GPL code that shouldn't be there, why developers who read Slashdot and Eric Raymond are more likely to be at least somewhat aware of copyright issues than their managers who don't, differences between Windows and Unix when it comes to combining code (especially back in the days when the GPL was written), access to Microsoft source code, economics of Open Source, and more.

Size: 18.3MB, Length: 38:04, Recorded: May 19, 2005

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Linda Hamel, General Counsel, ITD, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Wed, 18 May 2005 19:55:16 GMT

Interview with Linda Hamel, General Counsel, Information Technology Division, Executive Office for Administration & Finance, Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( How the Commonwealth, a conservative organization (a state government), is adopting Open Source, as seen by a lawyer inside.

Size: 17.6MB, Length: 36:34, Recorded: May 18, 2005

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