Log in

❖ Browsing media by libreplanet

A community take on the license compliance industry

By Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian, OSI, IRILL

The license compliance industry purportedly helps information technology companies and other actors to use publicly available software, and in particular free software, in a way that is compliant with the relevant free software licenses. This talk reviews why the license compliance industry exists and discuss, from an external point of view, how it operates. It also highlights some potential ethical issues on the current best practices for license compliance in the industry, and proposes community-oriented alternatives that we can build, today, on top of the existing corpus of publicly available free software.


6 years, 8 months ago

Tagged with

LibrePlanet 2016 video · LibrePlanet 2016 · LibrePlanet · lp2016 · video

Collected in

A community take on the license compliance industry (libreplanet) · LibrePlanet 2016 Videos (libreplanet)


CC BY-SA 4.0


This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.