An overview of Open Source Licensing – London, Thursday 2nd March 2006 1

The Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) annouces its first event for Spring 2006 – An overview of Open Source Licensing: Obligations that licences, do or do not, place on users, distributors and modifiers of Open Source Software given by guest speaker Andrew Katz a solicitor with specialist legal firm Moorcrofts. This event will be held on Thursday 2nd March 2006 from 6.30pm at the British Computer Society (BCS) Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA.

Prior to becoming a lawyer Andrew Katz was a software developer who has released code under the General Public Licence (GPL). After a 15 year wait, version 3 of the GPL has finally been released as a discussion draft and Andrew will include some interesting points about this in his talk.

He advises clients on software licensing issues, including the use of open source, and has debated points with luminaries such as Eben Moglen, Cory Doctorow, and Larry Lessig.

Andrew was involved in drafting the England and Wales Creative Commons licence, which is the basis of the licence adopted by the BBC for its Creative Archive project.

To register for this event please send an email to Paul Adams at stating your interest. This meeting is open to all and membership of the BCS is not required to attend. Refreshments and a buffet will be available during the evening.

For further information please contact Mark Elkins by email at or phone 023 80 319560

Nearest Tube Stations are Covent Garden, Temple, Charing Cross, and Embankment. Nearest Main Line Railway Stations are Charing Cross and Waterloo.

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