Now here's some fun for anyone who wants to get to grips with open source software and the battle between free, proprietary and hybrid models for computer programs. The IPKat has learned that an Open Source Summit will be held on Friday 9 November 2007 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. According to the promotional material,
"The software development and licensing landscape has changed, and the US are perceived to be leading the way. The Summit seeks to address this imbalance. An internationally recognised panel of speakers will consider:
* the origins and development of Open Source and GPL licensing;
* IPR protection and risks of proprietary and Open Source licensing models;
* Open Source risk management in the context of IPOs, M&A and joint ventures;
* corporate Open Source policies and procedures;
* what the future has in store.
This conference is the first Open Source event specifically targeted at CEOs, CTOs, General Counsel and those with primary responsibility for advising companies on the acquisition, development and licensing of technology.
With keynote address from Open Source pioneer Bruce Perens and speakers from major technology companies including Microsoft, Symbian, Nokia, Active Endpoints and Black Duck Software. Specific sector focus on the mobile world will be provided by Symbian and on the financial services sector by Deutsche Bank".
For further details you can contact Lisa-Jane Ryan here.