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Which open source license is best? - Ottawa, Canada

in BSD, Entrepreneurship, Legal, YOW15, EPL, GPL, Licenses

The verdict is in...

And the best open source license is [follow this link for the verdict and/or to watch the video]

Event Description

This event is a debate between proponents of the GPL, EPL, and BSD licenses. Which license is the best license for business? For community? For academia? For government? What are the key factors that influence the decision regarding an open source license? Are there certain things you should look out for?

This event will educate and entertain in the form of a debate between experts. The debate will be moderated by a practising lawyer proficient in open source licensing.

This event will bring experts together to discuss and debate these questions.

Register for this event

Who should attend?

This event is intended for people considering open source licenses for their organization or seeking to gain a better understanding of the differences between key open source licenses. Previous experience and familiarity with open source licenses is not required.

Ask or vote on questions

If you would like to participate in this debate, please contribute or vote on questions.

Advocate: EPL License

Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, Mike Milinkovich

Advocate: GPL license

Alfresco VP Business Development, Matt Asay

Advocate: BSD license

David Maxwell Open Source Strategist at Coverity

Debate chair

The debated will be chaired by Thomas Prowse, Partner, Gowlings

Debate judges

We have brought together a panel of judges with considerable experience with open source business, community, and academic involvement. The judges will provide a view on who won the debate and why. We will then attempt to determine a consensus of who won the debate to award a coveted prize and bragging rights to the winning debater.

Randal Schwartz Chris Tyler Jay Lyman Deb Woods
Randal Schwartz Chris Tyler Jay Lyman Deb Woods


  • 9:30am - Breakfast served & networking
  • 10:00am - Welcome
  • 10:30am - Debate
  • 11:30am - Q&A from the audience
  • 12:00am - Adjourn

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Event Date: 
Monday, August 31, 2009


Gowlings Board Room, 26th floor
160 Elgin St
Ottawa, ON
45° 25' 14.6856" N, 75° 41' 34.2024" W
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