[Hybrid Event] The Law and Business of Open Source Software 2024

February 7th
New York, NY
Practising Law Institute (PLI)

Practising Law Institute (PLI)

February 7th, 2024
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST
PLI New York
1177 Avenue of the Americas, entrance on 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
$ 1940.00

Included with PLI Privileged Membership

1-Day Program – In-Person or via Live Webcast

Up to 6.0 Credit Hours Available

Why You Should Attend

Artificial Intelligence, cloud, blockchain, fintech, health care, digital assets, gaming, supply chain management – open source technology is at work in nearly every industry. It is therefore important that lawyers understand this technology, when and how it is used, and resultant legal issues and risks that can arise. This program will address the critical issues that IP, technology, and business lawyers need to consider when handling open source software in today’s economy and how the future of fintech and tech will only expand the importance of open source. The introductory session will lay the proper groundwork for beginners and provide a refresher for all, including an overview of some key open source licenses, followed by panels focusing on the variety of legal issues implicated by open source, including patents, corporate due diligence, contractual disputes, developments in AI and Web3, as well as intellectual debates in the open source community and their practical implications. The ethics credit is provided via a session on practically focused hypotheticals on issues faced by technology lawyers, including open source practitioners. Armed with this information, participants will be better able to help clients make intelligent choices and decisions about how to take advantage of the benefits and manage the risks presented by open source software. This program is appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced open source practitioners.

What You Will Learn:

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand open source and why it matters in deploying software
  • Analyze an open source license and its key provisions
  • Perform due diligence on open source in corporate transactions
  • Understand patents and standards in an open source world
  • Strategize to avoid open source litigation and mitigate risks
  • Understand the importance of open source in Web3
  • Analyze ethical issues related to open source practice

Program Chairs:

Lori E. Lesser – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Stuart D. Levi – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Who Should Attend

Attorneys and allied professionals whose clients develop, use, distribute, or invest in open source technologies.

Up to 6.0 Credit Hours Available


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