BU Law Clinic: Open Source and Your Business

Friday, March 17, 2017

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Martin Trust Center, E40-160

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The wealth of open source software available online today can be a tremendous boon to many developers, but it also introduces new challenges. Incorporating open source components into your project can significantly accelerate your development, but

it can also impact your ability to commercialize your work. Similarly, releasing your work under an open source license can extend your project into communities that can improve and promote it — but if you don’t choose the open source model that’s right for your business, then you risk eroding the value you’ve worked hard to create.

The BU/MIT Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic and the BU/ MIT Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic are hosting a discussion of the practical concerns open source licensing presents to start-up business ventures. We will focus predominantly on open source software, although similar concerns apply to other content released under open source licenses.

Topics we will be discussing include:

  • The roots of open source development and who is using open source today.
  • Types of open source licenses and common provisions.
  • Strategies for incorporating open source components into a project.
  • Benefits and drawbacks of releasing work under an open source license.
  • Addressing concerns of investors and acquirers.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. NO REGISTRATION NEEDED. BRING YOUR LUNCH!