The Linux Foundation will hold two legal conferences over the next 12 months that will leverage the community and its members to increase the understanding of legal issues in open source. These conferences will be the first and only neutral, non-profit legal forums where leading attorneys from open source companies and the community collaborate to solve legal issues surrounding open source.
The first Linux Foundation legal conference will be held October 25 and 26, 2007 in Boston, and will be open only to legal counsel from Linux Foundation members, including legal representatives from HP, IBM, Intel, Novell and many other leading open source companies. At this members-only meeting, member counsel will focus on the issues of greatest common interest and concern, including agreeing upon the next steps towards building a legal defense infrastructure for Linux.
If you or your company would like to attend this event and are an LF member, please contact legal (at) linux-foundation (dot) org. If you are not a member, please contact membership (at) linux-foundation (dot) org.
The next LF Legal Summit will be held in Spring 2008 and will be expanded to include non-LF members. This conference will fill a glaring need for many attorneys who are looking for practical legal guidance on open source matters. Participants will collaborate on such issues as licensing, patents and other legal issues. This Summit is expected to be an annual LF event. Announcements about registration, timing and location will be done in early 2008. You can subscribe to the LF news release feeds here to keep in form of LF announcements: http://www.linux-foundation.org/press/rss20.xml