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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

Associate Professor, Keio University
Dr. Catharina Maracke is an associate professor at the Graduate School for Media and Governance, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, at Keio University. Her current work and interests include intellectual property law and policy, standardization efforts for public licensing schemes, and the general interaction between law and technology. Catharina is also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and fellow at the... Read More →


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