The 14th edition of EOLE has now ended ! The event was divided into 3 webinars from May 2023 to September 2023 and one plenary session in december. This year’s edition was entitled : Open source compliance through open & shared approaches. Synthesis of the event are freely accessible (workshop 1, workshop 2 and workshop 3).

EOLE 2024

International annual conference cycle, the European Open Source & Free Software Law Event (EOLE) aims to promote the share and dissemination of legal knowledge related to free software, as well as the development and promotion of good practices. Initiative born in 2008 from practitioners’ needs, EOLE has for purpose to develop a legal doctrine dedicated to the dissemination of neutral and qualitative information. This year’s event will take place in Torino, in the form of a one-day workshop. The aim of this session is to discuss and share legal and technical expertise on the topic of EOLE 2024.

Further details will be communicated later this year (practical details about the venue, exact date and format of the workshop).

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2024 Main theme is « Navigating the New EU Regulatory Landscape in Open Source »


The European Union has been on a regulatory spree in the digital space, affecting a wide range of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), including the previously less regulated area of open source software. Key regulations such as the Cyber Resilience Act, the Artificial Intelligence Act and the Product Liability Directive have begun to reshape the framework within which Open Source software stakeholders operate. In addition, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive continue to have a profound impact on the licensing, development and distribution of open source projects.

This year, EOLE is organising its conference in Turin in October. We will discuss and analyse the impact of these emerging regulations on open source projects, communities and software ecosystems. We invite thought leaders, legal experts, developers and policy makers to engage in a critical dialogue through presentations and workshops focusing on both the specific nuances of open source software regulation and the broader regulatory trends that could significantly influence Open Source dynamics.

Among other topics, we invite you to propose a talk or workshop on Open Source and:

Target Audience: Project maintainers, community & commercial Open Source entities, public administrations, individual developers, academia, enterprises and their legal advisors.

The objective of the event is to share ideas and practices related to these regulations. The outcomes of the EOLE 2024 event will include dissemination of knowledge and consensus building regarding these topics, and may include checklists for regulatory compliance, action items, suggested best practices.

More than 200 Open Source Legal experts from almost 50 countries already shared their knowledge and practices for the benefits of more than thousand attendees since our first edition.