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"The Law and Politics of Open SourceöPart 1: Graham Todd, David McGowan and Barry Sookman.
Todd, from the International Development Research Centre, gives attendees a pragmatic perspective on the role of open source in developing nations. His talk presents an overview of the work of the IDRC and the role Open Source can play in their ICT strategy.

Open Source agnostic McGowan distills three key legal issues surrounding the General Public License. As he skillfully navigates between legal argot, rhetoric and humor, he addresses (a) what the GPL is, (b) whose GPL is it and (c) how many GPLs there are.

One of CanadaÆs foremost experts on computer law, Sookman articulates key differences in copyright between the U.S. and Canada. His discussion then turns to the GPL and how cultural assumptions embedded in law can have a significant impact on the use and enforcement of the General Public License.
Day 1, Afternoon Session:
1/1/2001 3511 views