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The Legal and Licensing Workshop

Past Editions of the Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop

The Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop 2019

The FSFE's annual Free Software Legal and Licensing workshop (LLW) took place from 10 to 12 April, in Barcelona, Spain.

In 2019, ca 130 top legal experts from all over the world gathered to learn about and discuss Free Software legal and licensing issues over the course of around 30 presentations. This year's theme was "The Long Term View", a theme aimed to provoke participants and presenters to contemplate the progress that Free Software has made, and the work that still needs to be done in the way forward.

Some of the topics we discussed:

The Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop 2018

The FSFE's annual Free Software Legal and Licensing workshop (LLW) took place from 18 to 20 April, in Barcelona, Spain.

In 2018 workshop gathered ca 120 top legal experts from all over the world and included more than 40 presentations on wide variety of legal issues. After more than a decade-long tradition of LLW, we decided to bring the event back to its roots and emphasise the "Workshop" part in its original title, resulting in unprecedented amount of parallel interactive sessions aimed at coming up with concrete results. Hence the theme for LLW2018: "Putting 'W' back to Legal and Licensing Workshop"

Some of the topics we discussed:

The Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop 2017

The FSFE's annual Free Software Legal and Licensing workshop (LLW) took place from 26 to 28 April, in Barcelona, Spain.

In 2017 workshop attracted more than 120 top legal experts from all over the world and included more than 35 presentations on numerous legal issues, including open data, tooling, software patents and existing challenges for Free Software licensing. Based on the topics discussed throughout the years and the feedback we collected, it seemed that several prominent topics for discussions needed to be reopened in order to address emerging challenges. Hence this year's workshop was held under the theme: Restart

Some of the topics we discussed:

The Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop 2016

In 2016 Legal Network Conference was held on the 13, 14 and 15 of April 2016, in Barcelona, Spain.

Backed up by the feedback and experience we collected in the past few years, we decided to continue with the trend of addressing important challenges. What we saw recently is that the situation is becoming more and more complex and that it is high time we do something about it. This is why the motto for 2016 was:
Simplify

Some of the topics we discussed were:

The Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop 2015

In 2015 the workshop took place, once again, in Barcelona on 16-17 April, receiving more than 90 experts from all around the world. Instead of rehashing familiar topics, we looked at what problems we will likely encounter in the next five to ten years. Each day we had two topics to spur interesting debate in the room as well as the hallway. As always, the workshop was held under the Chatham House Rule, to encourage an open and unencumbered debate.

Topics

In 2015 we held a pre-event on 15 April, called the Open* Day, to explore topics beside software. In particular:

During the workshop (16-17 April), we discussed some activities more strictly linked to software:

Footnotes

  1. The rise of copyright trolls
  2. Two of those discussions have been reported on LWN.net: