Linux Foundation Names Legal Advisors

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Aug 10, 2007 5:36 AM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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LinuxWorld does tend to bring out the press releases, and here's one more. As you'll see from the release from the Linux Foundation reproduced below, I'm taking on a more formal role at LF in addition to being an At Large Board member and outside counsel. And I'm very pleased to share the news that Karen Copenhaver, who many of you will already know as one of the best known national experts on open source licensing, is also joining the management team.

I'll be providing a special focus on the standards side of LF's work, while Karen will be providing particular expertise on open source licensing. Together we'll be collaborating on legal and overall LF strategy as members of the senior management team. It's a great effort to be part of, and a privilege as well, given the crucial role that both open source and open standards will play in the future of software, and the fact that each needs the support of the other. The Linux Foundation is unique in being the crucible in which this peaceful and productive coexistence is being perfected.

Why two legal advisors for LF? First and foremost, LF acts to support Linux, broadly interpreted. That means the entire Linux ecosystem, and all of its constituent parts: developers, vendors, service providers and especially end users. Since this is a competitive environment, that means we also feel it's important to make the Linux community feel secure - that was a long-term role of OSDL, as the SCO saga erupted and continued. As a result, one of the core roles of LF is the "Protect Function." You can see some of the programs that form part of this function here

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