Patents, Copyright and Open Source with Jeffrey Strauss
How does your organization leverage open source? Carl and Richard talk to Jeff Strauss about open source coming into the corporate space and the challenges that exist there. Microsoft has gone into open source in a big way, how does that affect our development going forward? The conversation starts out talking about Microsoft's approach to open source, especially around the open source promise. From there Jeff dives into the range of open source licenses out there, from the various copyleft concepts in the GPL to the more permissive licenses of MIT and BSD. There's also the whole area of Contributor Licensing as well. You may not love the legal side of software, but that doesn't mean you can ignore it!
Jeff Strauss is a custom software developer and consultant based in St. Louis, Missouri. He also has been a licensed attorney since 2004. As part of the firm, ArchitectNow, he specializes in product development and project work for startups and small to mid-sized companies both locally and across the United States. While he doesn't practice law as his day job anymore, he does apply his knowledge and background to assist his clients through the variety of issues facing small software companies today. He also serves on the board of directors for the St. Louis .NET User Group and the St. Louis Days of .NET developer conference.