The Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), set for March 16-17 in San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel on Union Square, has added distinguished author and Stanford Law School professor Lawrence Lessig as opening day keynote speaker. Lessig's speech “The Creators' Dilemma: Open Source, Open Society, Open Innovations” will sketch the boundaries of protection that intellectual property law should set on… software code.
The OSBC 2004 will focus on the business, legal, and financial issues faced by open source software vendors and end-user organizations. Vendors, visionaries, legal counsel, and financiers will take part, according to event organizers.
Lessig, who is the author of The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, speaks on Tuesday, March 16 at noon.
“The Internet succeeded because it was architected with freedom at the core of the network,” Lessig said. “Software will thrive when open source and open standards fuel its core. I'm speaking at the Open Source Business Conference to raise a warning cry to the IT industry: close off innovation through excessive use of copyright, patent, and trademark law, and you will stagnate with your media industry neighbors to the south.”
For more details, visit the event Website.
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