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OSCON: Day 2 RecapRaven Zachary, July 27, 2006 @ 12:00 pm ET
I’ve been so busy at OSCON, I am just now finding the time to post the day 2 recap. I’ll try to get the day 3 recap up later today.
Day 2 (Tuesday) of OSCON was another tutorial day. I spent the morning listening to: Just Enough Intellectual Property Law to Manage an Open Source Project by Cliff Schmidt: This was the best talk on open source legal issues that I have attended (and Cliff isn’t a lawyer). The fundamentals of intellectual property law were presented – copyright, derivative works, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, collective works, and fair use, and then directly applied to open source software. Cliff also covered the major open source licenses and their specific restrictions.
I was hoping to attend an afternoon tutorial on day 2, but the time was spent setting up our booth, and connecting with a number of the attendees that started to swarm in for registration. The conference shifted into high gear by the afternoon of the second day (most of the attendees were not registered to attend the tutorials).
After many hours of exhibit hall setup and talking with a wide variety of interesting folks, I had dinner and drinks with the guys from Covalent – Charlie Purdom, Mark Brewer, and Jim Jagielski, and Hyperic – Doug MacEachern and John Mark Walker. Hyperic was once part of Covalent, but split out as a separate company after its “restructuring” a few years ago. John Mark Walker recently joined Hyperic as its Community Manager, having formerly been with IDG World Expo as the chair for OSBC and LinuxWorld.
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