[Hybrid Event] The Law and Business of Open Source Software 2024 – February 7, New York, NY | Practicing Law Institute (PLI)

7 February 2024

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

PLI New York

1177 Avenue of the Americas, entrance on 45th Street

New York, NY 10036

Included with PLI Privileged membership

1-day program – in person or via live webcast

Up to 6.0 credit hours available

Why you should participate

Artificial intelligence, cloud, blockchain, fintech, healthcare, digital assets, gaming, supply chain management – ​​open source technology is at work in almost every industry. It is therefore important that lawyers understand this technology, when and how it is used, and the resulting legal issues and risks that may arise. This program will address the critical issues that IP, technology and business lawyers must consider when dealing with open source software in today’s economy and how the future of fintech and tech will only expand the meaning of open source. That introductory session will lay the right groundwork for beginners and provide a refresher for everyone, including an overview of some key open source licenses, followed by panels focusing on the many different legal issues involved in open source, including patents, corporate due diligence, contractual disputes, developments in AI and Web3, as well as intellectual debates in the open source community and their practical implications. The ethics credit is awarded via a session on practically focused hypotheses about issues facing technology lawyers, including open source practitioners. Armed with this information, attendees will be better able to help clients make intelligent choices and decisions about how to take advantage of the benefits and manage the risks of open source software. This program is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced open source practitioners.

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What you will learn:

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand open source and why it matters when deploying software
  • Analyze an open source license and its key provisions
  • Conduct due diligence on open source in corporate transactions
  • Understand patents and standards in an open source world
  • Strategies to Avoid Open Source Disputes and Mitigate Risks
  • Understand the importance of open source in Web3
  • Analyze ethical issues related to open source practices

Program managers:

Lori E. Lesser – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Stuart D. Levi – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Who will participate

Lawyers and related professionals whose clients develop, use, distribute or invest in open source technologies.

Up to 6.0 credit hours available