I've written often of my experience at the GPL seminar I attended a couple of years ago, and I've always been very glad I went. For those of you in the New York area, there will be a one-day course at Columbia Law School on September 28, "The GPL and Legal Aspects of Free Software Development":
The course will comprise an exploration of the most widely used free software copyright license, the GNU GPL, and will give lawyers, software developers, managers and business people the knowledge necessary to use the GPL (and GPL'ed software) successfully, with safety and predictability, both in businesses new to free software and in existing enterprises.
This one seems especially geared to those interested in license compliance, as well as those wishing to participate in the GPL3 process. I have to tell you that the food was great at the one I attended, and I learned a lot. There are more details here, including the news that Eben Moglen will talk about GPL3 at the luncheon. Here's some information I was sent just now:
The nonprofit Free Software Foundation, in association with Columbia
Law School, is offering a one-day seminar on the GPL and Legal Aspects
of Free Software Development at Columbia Law School in New York City,
NY on Wednesday, September 28, 2005.
As the GPL continues to consolidate its position as the copyleft
license of choice, it becomes ever more important that lawyers,
executives, and engineers become knowledgeable of the license. The
Free Software Foundation will shortly be releasing a draft of GPLv3,
and is making available this legal seminar to help educate on the key
issues of software development and license compliance.
The seminar will be led by Daniel Ravicher, Senior Counsel to the FSF
and Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation; Eben Moglen,
General Counsel to the FSF and Executive Director of the Software
Freedom Law Center; and David Turner, the FSF's lead GPL Compliance
The cost per person is $500 if you register before September 1, or
$600 if you register after on or after September 1. Breakfast and
lunch will be provided. Further information about the course schedule,
and registration instructions, can be found at
One topic listed for the morning session sounds right up our alley, "3. How copyright law applies to software [45 minutes] - works vs ideas - exclusive rights under copyright law - derivative works and libraries." Yes, you get to ask questions. When I went, they had a special rate for students. I hope at least some of you can go. The more knowledgeable we are, the more effective we can be.