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Monday, October 21 • 4:50pm - 5:40pm
How to Reduce Friction and Transaction Costs in Intellectual Property Management for FOSS Projects (Standardization of Contributor Agreements and Beyond) - Catharina Maracke, Keio University

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This presentation will give an overview of the current status of standardized copyright terms for contributor agreements. It will discuss challenges and opportunities for standardization efforts and explore the role of defensive patent licensing. In addition, it will suggest ideas for a better infrastructure to reduce friction and transaction costs and to move rights between developers, projects and end-users: One important topic to be presented in this context is the possibility to set up a network of intermediaries, which allows trustworthy third parties to mediate rights between developers and projects and to help reduce friction in reviewing and negotiating legal terms. As a starting point for further discussion, details and usage of the “Fiduciary License Agreement” (FSFE) will be presented to understand advantages and potential pitfalls of such a model.

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Catharina Maracke

Chair, Open Source Initiative
Catharina is a lawyer by training and has been involved in intellectual property and public licensing models for over 15 years beginning with her work as director for Creative Commons International overseeing and stewarding the Creative Commons global licensing suite and managing... Read More →

Monday October 21, 2013 4:50pm - 5:40pm BST
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