March 10-12, 2020
Lake Tahoe, California
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Tuesday, March 10 • 4:05pm - 4:35pm
More than Just Licenses: Compliance and Conformance for Linux Foundation Projects - Steve Winslow, The Linux Foundation

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More than Just Licenses: Compliance and Conformance for Linux Foundation Projects

In open source projects, the topic of “compliance” is often seen as primarily referring to open source license compliance. It’s understandable why this is the case, as license compliance is an extremely important issue and is relevant to all projects. But “compliance” encompasses a broader set of considerations where FOSS projects can help themselves, and their communities, by taking steps to comply with legal and regulatory obligations and to support community members’ related expectations.

In this talk, we will walk through different aspects of the compliance support activities that the LF provides to its projects. We will discuss license compliance and scanning, but will also go beyond it to discuss other compliance topics such as export controls and data privacy. We will also briefly discuss project trademarks and the related role that conformance programs can play in enabling a diverse yet interoperable ecosystem of downstream solutions.

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Steve Winslow

Director of Strategic Programs, The Linux Foundation
Steve Winslow is Director of Strategic Programs at The Linux Foundation. He runs The Linux Foundation’s license scanning and analysis service, advising projects about licenses identified in their source code and dependencies. Steve is also involved with projects including SPDX... Read More →

Tuesday March 10, 2020 4:05pm - 4:35pm PDT
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