OSBC 2008 Presentations Online

Last week marked the completion of another very successful Open Source Buinsess Conference (OSBC) in San Francsico.  Presentations from OSBC 2008 are now online.

Included among those presentations is my presentation on Putting Open Source Compliance to Work (On Your Own Terms).  The presentation covers a lot of ground, but is focused on providing companies that use open source software with tools to deal with the increasing level scrutiny of open source that has arisen with the ever-widening variety of roles in which open source software is being put to work by those companies.  Among the examples of this increased scrutiny, the presentation covers:

— The BusyBox lawsuits brought by the developers of the BusyBox open source utility against Monsoon Media, Xterasys, High-Gain and Verizon based on alleged violations of version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPL);

— Renewed open source license enforcement by GPL-violations.org Project in Europe against Skype and others;

— Enforcement of software patents against open source software in cases involving RedHat and Novell; and

— The increasing trend of disclosures around open source usage and liability made by public companies in their filings with the SEC.

The presentation makes the point that companies that are not taking steps to implement open source compliance measures on their own terms are increasingly finding themselves being required to comply on terms set by one of these other groups.  The presentation discusses tools companies can use to put open source compliance to work on their own terms to address this changing source enforcement landscape, including:

— Strategies to address increased diligence and scrutiny from customers, investors, shareholders and others;

— Tools to evaluate the changing risks posed by open source;

— Current best practices for implementing compliance measures to address open source compliance risks; and

— Techniques for taking open source compliance efforts beyond merely risk mitigation to help add value to your business.

I encourage you to download a copy of the materials.

Delays in Feedburner Email Updates

Apologies to all those who have signed up through Feedburner to receive email updates from this site. I understand that some of those updates have been delayed of late. I am working with Feedburner to resolve the issue. In the meantime, please feel free to check-in directly to the site or to sign-up on the site to receive updates via RSS (which I understand have not been delayed).

“Emailer,” “Blogger,” or “Communicator”?

As Jonathan Schwartz notes in a recent post to his blog, “we all have choices in how we communicate – I use this [blog] format because it works for me, allows me to talk to a diversity of constituents [. . . ] and a blog is more affordable than the daily global townhalls it supplants.” While I am not in a league where I will be doing “global townhalls” any time soon, Jonathan’s post captures the reasoning behind my decision to begin distributing my Email Alerts and Updates through an RSS format. To borrow from the post, I don’t look at this so much as my transition from an “emailer” to a “blogger.” Instead, I look at it as part of my continuing attempt to use technology to communicate more efficiently and effectively. Indeed, as the use of firewall technology has increased over the past few years (right along with the size of the distribution list for my Alerts and Updates) it has become successively more difficult to ensure that each of my Alerts and Updates reaches its intended recipients. With any luck, this site will help solve that problem and increase your ability to view my Alerts and Updates.

Just a reminder to all of you who previously received my Updates and Alerts via email, going forward the Alerts and Updates will be available via either RSS or email through this site.

In case you have not taken the time to look around, I have also posted all of my prior Alerts and Updates to the site. So, if you are a more recent addition to my distribution list, you can see what you have been missing.