[A2k] 2 May 2016 - WIPO event on Software Licensing: Navigating a Sea of Options (WSIS Forum)

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Thu Apr 28 02:59:32 PDT 2016


Software Licensing: Navigating a Sea of Options

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Software is pervasive, affecting virtually every aspect of human life in
all parts of the world.  Software can be protected by IPR in a number of
ways and can be distributed through innumerous types of licenses.  A good
understanding of the available options in place, both commercial and Open
Source Software, is essential for every players in the chain, such as
individual users or public authorities in need of making procurement
decisions. Speakers will also discuss the issue of patentability of
software, current licensing practices in mobile apps development and the
relevance of consumer protection and competition law.


Paolo Lanteri, Legal Officer, World Intellectual Property Organization

Speakers / panellists

Dr. Jacques de Werra, Professor of Law, University of Geneva
Mr. Malcolm Bain, Partner, ID Law Partners
Ms. Marcela Paiva, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Chile
Microsoft Corp. (TBC)
Mr. Chris DiBona, Director of open source, Google
Dr. Roberto di Cosmo, Director, Irill and Software Heritage
Dr. Tim Engelhard, FSFE

Link to WSIS Action Lines

C3. Access to information and knowledge
C6. Enabling environment
C7. ICT Applications: E-business
C9. Media

A well functioning ICT sector relies on many factors, including well
informed players and users.  Governments, small companies and the general
public would greatly benefit from having some basic understanding of how
software is developed and distributed. This objective is clearly related to
a number of Action Lines, including: Access to information and knowledge
and Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs.

Link to the Sustainable Development Process

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable
industrialization and foster innovation

The session will contribute towards building resilient infrastructure,
promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation.

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