Licensing 101 For Open Source Projects



Just because software is free doesn't mean it comes free of any restrictions! Learn about several of the most popular open source licenses, their implications, and how to choose the right license for your needs.


Decision makers often assume that because the software is free, they’re free to do with it what they please. But the license under which the software is released often contains rules, restrictions or clauses that require specific performance of various actions. Failing to adhere to a software license can be a devastating mistake to any business or open source project.

Come learn about software licenses from a developer’s perspective. This talk will focus on several of the most popular software licenses used today, and the pros and cons of adopting or using software that has adopted those licenses.

Speaking experience


  • Brandon

    Brandon Savage

    Message Systems


    Brandon wasn’t always planning to be a software developer: his background is political science. But after learning how to write a bit of code and solving problems with it, he was hooked. Brandon moved into professional development several years ago and has never looked back. Working with important projects including work for Greenpeace, the National Building Museum and The Pickens Plan, Brandon has experience working with applications large and small, and has a unique blend of experiences that bring wholeness to the development process.

    Brandon lives in Washington, DC and works for Message Systems as their Web Site Developer.