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Back by popular demand: Open source licenses AMA, part 2

Amy Hays
by Amy Hays
on March 25, 2021

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A few months ago, Tidelift co-founder and open source licensing expert Luis Villa hosted a licensing AMA (that is, “ask me anything”) with special guest IP attorney Kate Downing. It was very popular, and they received loads of questions—so many, in fact, that they didn’t get a chance to answer them all.

Open source licensing is a hot topic, especially among those who work in highly regulated industries like government, healthcare, and financial services, where one small misstep might translate into an expensive lawsuit. What open source license a library uses weighs heavily in package choice, according to a recent survey, with 86% of developers ranking it among their top considerations.

On top of all that, the emergence of boutique, not-so-open licenses in recent years has made everything even more tumultuous. What’s up with the Redis license? What happens if a package deep within your application’s dependency tree uses the Hippocratic license? So many questions crop up when delving into licensing trends.

Luckily, Luis has agreed to host another AMA to answer all the questions he didn’t get to last time, and many more. He’ll be joined by Tidelift ecosystem strategy lead, Josh Simmons, who, in addition to his role at Tidelift, is the president of the Open Source Initiative.

Luis and Josh will host special guest McCoy Smith, a technology attorney with over 35 years experience. McCoy will kick off the webinar sharing his thoughts about artisanal bills of materials (BOMs) and risk profiles.

This is a rare opportunity to get your questions answered by three industry experts. You can RSVP below and submit your questions ahead of time.