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Call for contributions Free and Open Source software definitions include both notions of freedoms and rights given to users and potential contributors. This rely on an inclusive Intellectual property and project development management. Thanks to that, each person can take part in a free software project's evolution and can contribute through a community or even create her/his own community around a derivative project.   Legal aspects are essential to establishing  the rules whithin a community, coordinating projects' governance and its technical dimension. In this case, Free and Open Source software becomes the unique tool to develop freedom and openness within markets and competition by using traditional tools such as intellectual property and contract law. This leads to a deep change in the relationship between industrial stakeholders, competitors, employers and employees, purchasers and suppliers, subcontractors and softwares publishers. In short, the whole supply chain is affected.  Consequently, some specific rules in favor of Free and Open Source softwares were created to enable and industrialise this use.   Nevertheless the movement's appropriation by industrial actors lead to the increase of deviant behaviours that depart from the initial FOSS objectives and their own interests. They can achieve this by using one of the three components which are license, technological expertise and/or governance. Law is often used to reinforce these practices : through new licenses coordinating disparities (between author and contributors, in terms of the software environment or which kind of exploitation is chosen), through addition of contractual clauses lowering the benefit of the Open Source version of dual-licensed software, through the organisation of non-aggression patent pledges, etc. Most of these behaviours have been exposed and fixed, but some of them perdure: for example badgeware licenses or misuse of the exceptions (exceeding the GNU GPL v3 context). Some usage are more difficult to appreciate because their impact highly depend on who is using them and how they are implemented (i.e. addition of non-competition clause to Open Source project contributors).   The purpose of this 7th edition of EOLE is to cover the conducts obstructing Openness & Freedom, destabilising the new balance between open source software and competition. This event will provide the occasion to spot Free softwares benefits concerning competition, to highlight practices realised against its aims and to offer, when possible, hints of solutions.   Feel free to submit your proposal prior to October 12, 2014, concerning subjects such as:
  •     Free softwares and public procurement
  •     Saas and badgeware licence
  •     Copyleft & competition
  •     FOSS & Supply chain
  •     FOSS & distribution
  •     Free software and trademark policies
  •     Free software and non-competition clause
  •     FOSS & competition Law
  •     FOSS & interoperability
  •     Intellectual Property and communities
How to process:

There are two steps:

  1. Create an account
  2. Submit your proposal