Intellectual Property Talk at PyCon

VanL van.lindberg at
Thu Jan 11 17:24:34 EST 2007

I will be presenting a talk at PyCon, "The Absolute Minimum an Open 
Source Developer Needs to Know About Intellectual Property."  I want to 
tailor this talk so that it is interesting to as many attendees as possible.

I am familiar with a lot of the internal divisions in the Free 
Software/Open Source community.  My intent is not to advocate for or 
against any specific position, but rather to promote a common 
understanding and address specific situations that developers may 
encounter.  In other words, a problem/solution approach, instead of an 
argumentative approach.

With that in mind, I had in mind the following subjects:

- A brief primer on intellectual property (what are patents, trademarks, 
copyrights, and trade secrets?)

- What to do when you have an idea you want to develop, but you are 
working for somebody else

- What it means to incorporate GPL'd modules into your own code

- Ways to protect ideas that you have put into a proprietary software 

- Ways to avoid, work around, or mitigate the effect of software patents

- Licensing, using, and distributing software (comparing and contrasting 
the GPL, BSD, and Python licenses)

I am interested in hearing about 1) other topics of interest, and 2) the 
relative level of interest in each topic.  To keep within the time 
limits for my talk, I intend to address the most popular topics in 
roughly the order of their popularity.


Van Lindberg

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