Open Sesame: Legal and Practical Insights into Open Source Software

When: December 8, 2017 at 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST - This event has passed

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Open Sesame: Legal and Practical Insights into Open Source Software

Issues surrounding open source software are relevant to almost every company that deals with copyrights or other IP assets related to technology.  Open source software may seem conceptually straightforward, but in practice it can present a number of legal and practical concerns that warrant closer attention.  Our panel, which includes lawyers and practitioners on the front lines of these issues, will provide an overview of open source software and the litigation surrounding it, as well as a practical guide for the effective and legal use of open source materials.     



Alex Asianov founded DOOR3 in 2002 to help clients improve their business’s performance using a combination of operational strategy, technology, and digital user experience design.  In the subsequent fifteen years, that formula has helped launch dozens of innovative new Digital businesses and has helped optimize performance of hundreds of mature organizations using beautiful, easy-to-use, and robust custom software, Intranets, Websites, and mobile apps.  Some clients include FreshDirect, Morgan Stanley, Coty, the Queens Library, AIG, Columbia University, and over a dozen Am Law 100 firms.

DOOR3’s work has won numerous prestigious awards, including a Webby for best App (for FreshDirect), and the Nielsen Norman Group award for best Intranet (for Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft). A key differentiator is that DOOR3 acts not only as a software consultancy but a strategic and trusted advisor to our clients, selecting the right tool for the job every time.  In some cases, that tool is proprietary (SharePoint, Dynamics, etc.) and in other cases, it is open source (Drupal, Magento, etc.). Prior to founding DOOR3, Alex worked as a technology leader at ICSC, BNY-Mellon, Cowen & Co, Societe Generale, Sapient, and a range of start-ups. Alex is a graduate from Vassar College with a background in biochemistry and psychology, enjoys fencing and music, and has done a stint in stand-up comedy.


Aaron Williamson
is General Counsel and Director of Governance at the Symphony Software Foundation. In addition to managing the Foundation’s legal matters, he helps members develop policies that enable productive engagement with open source. Aaron has counseled both commercial software producers and nonpro t foundations on legal issues related to open source software. As counsel for the Software Freedom Law Center, he advised some of the most signi cant open source software foundations. At IEEE, he advised internal clients on open access and open licensing matters. And as a partner at Tor Ekeland P.C., he advised startups and commercial software companies on establishing open source policies, designing open source business models, and license compliance.

Heather Meeker is a partner in O’Melveny & Myers’ Silicon Valley office. She advises clients on technology transactions and intellectual property matters.  She is an internationally-known specialist in open source software licensing.  She received the prestigious IP Vanguard Award for private practice from the Intellectual Property Section of the California state bar for 2016.  Best Lawyers named her an IT lawyer of the year for 2018.  The Daily Journal named Meeker to its “Top 100 Women Lawyers in California” in 2013, and has named her twice to its “25 Top IP Portfolio Managers (Licensing) In California.” Her latest book, Open Source for Business, is a definitive handbook for lawyers, engineers, and businesspersons on open source licensing in business.  Ms. Meeker is an advisor on the American Law Institute’s ongoing project on the restatement of copyright law.


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