Karl Fogel

12 June 2007

Creation Myths: Three Centuries of
Open Source and Copyright

There are important similarities between today's open source movement and the creative world of the pre-copyright era centuries ago. These similarities have much to tell us about the effects of the modern copyright system, and about how open source methods can spread to areas outside software. This talk will provide an introduction to the (surprising) origins of copyright, how copyright and centralized distribution gradually changed the nature of creativity -- and how open source and decentralized distribution are changing it back again, with some new twists.


In 1995, Karl Fogel and Jim Blandy co-founded Cyclic Software, the first company offering commercial CVS support. In 1997 he added support for anonymous read-only repository access to CVS, and in 1999 wrote "Open Source Development With CVS" (Coriolis). From 2000-2006, he worked for CollabNet, Inc, managing the creation and development of Subversion, an open source version control system written from scratch by CollabNet and a team of open source volunteers. In 2005 he wrote "Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project" (O'Reilly Media, also online at producingoss.com). After a brief stint as an Open Source Specialist at Google in 2006, he left to become full-time editor of QuestionCopyright.org. He continues to participate in various open source projects, including Subversion and GNU Emacs.

Ari Jaaksi

13 June 2007

Open Source and Corporate Middle Management
it is not all about code!

Open Source provides powerful tools to create code. For an individual developer, open code is always a good thing. For a coporate, however, many other issues need to be taken into account. The talk discusses the issues that corporate decision makers face when using open source in product creation.


Ari Jaaksi runs Nokia's Linux and Open Source based software strategy and development, including the Maemo platform and Internet Tablet OS. Jaaksi is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Tampere, Finland.

Sandro Morasca

13 June 2007

QualiPSo: Quality Platform for Open Source Software

The ambition of Qualipso Project is to participate to establish trust in OSS. This lecture will focus on the structure that the project is building to make its results available and sustainable via a distributed network of trustworthy and higly skilled resources. And this from both Industry and Community perspective.


Sandro Morasca is a Professor of Computer Science at the "Dipartimento di Scienze della Cultura, Politiche e dell'Informazione" of the Universitá degli Studi dell'Insubria in Como, Italy. In the past, he was an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor at the "Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione" of Politecnico di Milano in Milano, Italy. He was a Faculty Research Assistant and later a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Maryland at College Park. Sandro Morasca has been carrying out research in the Software Engineering field in Empirical Software Engineering, Specification of Concurrent and Real-time Software Systems, Software Verification, and Open Source Software, and has published over 20 journal papers and 40 conference papers.
Sandro Morasca has been involved in a number of national and international projects. He has served on the PC of several international conferences. He has organized METRICS 2005 in Como as General Chair. Sandro Morasca serves on the Editorial Board of "Empirical Software Engineering: An International Journal" ( http://www.springerlink.com/content/100262/) and IJSEIA ( http://www.sersc.org/journals/IJSEIA/).


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