Open source in the mainstream: legal implications – London 03/06/08

Competitive pressures in software-enabled industries and the need to get new products to market ever more quickly mean that corporate use of Open Source Software is now the norm. Open Source is a boon to the CIO, but what are the legal risks? What’s the proportionate response for internal procedures and for dealing with suppliers and distribution? Richard Kemp and Mark Henley, two of the UK’s leading experts on Open Source legal issues, offer practical guidance on how best to maximise the benefit and minimise the risks of using Open Source Software.


  • Positioning the issues;
  • Current legal issues;
  • Source code auditing in practice;
  • Case study; and
  • Discussion, case study answers, Q&A

18.00-18.30: coffee/tea and registration
18.30-20.00: speaker presentations, case study and Q&A
20.00-21.00: networking and light refreshments

Speaker profiles:

Richard Kemp, Kemp Little LLP: Richard is senior partner at Kemp Little and one of the UK’s top technology and communications lawyers. He has a particular reputation for developing commercial and innovative legal solutions to the business challenges of technology development, application, implementation and regulation.

Mark Henley, Kemp Little LLP: Mark is a technology lawyer in Kemp Little’s Commercial Practice. He has worked on a wide range of ICT projects in both the private and public sectors, from some of the world’s largest PFI and PPP procurements to Internet start-ups. Mark regularly lectures and writes about the legal issues associated with OSS and has advised on a wide range of related matters – from analysing the use of GNU/Linux in embedded systems to assessing investment opportunities in businesses dependent on OSS.

Speaker: Richard Kemp and Mark Henley, Kemp Little LLP
Date: 03 June 2008, from 18:30 to 20:00
Venue: Kemp Little LLP, Cheapside House, 138 Cheapside, London EC2V 6BJ

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