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Does Compliance Require Enforcement? - James Bottomley, IBM

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It is certainly an arguable position that without enforcement there's
really no incentive for compliance because without sanction anyone
can do anything in open source with impunity and we might as well all
simply use permissive licences. To most people,
especially those dealing with the GPL family of licences "enforcement"
means "legal action".
However, the purpose of this talk is to walk us back from extremist
positions: in fact, enforcement can simply imply taking one's view of
compliance and getting others to align with it either by persuasion or
by more forceful means. Even the latter doesn't
necessarily mean legal action, it can mean anything from strong
representation (i.e. advocacy) through commercial sanction, the latter
potentially being simply applied by refusing to purchase products from
non SPDX badged suppliers (or non open chain conformant

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James Bottomley

James Bottomley is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research where heworks on Cloud and Container technology. He is also Linux Kernelmaintainer of the SCSI subsystem. He has been a Director on the Boardof the Linux Foundation and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board. Hewent to university... Read More →

Friday December 7, 2018 11:00 - 11:20 JST
Conference Room 7&8