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Open Source Software and Copyright:

 Legal and Business Considerations for Government Use

A Workshop Sponsored by CENDI, the Law Library of Congress and the Federal Library and Information Center Committee

Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room (6th Floor)

Washington, DC

Monday, July 26, 2010 — 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

CENDI, the Law Library of Congress and the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) are joining together to hold a workshop on Open Source Software (OSS) in the Federal government environment. It will be hosted by FLICC at the Library of Congress. Federal agencies are increasingly supporting the use and acquisition of open source software as an alternative to proprietary software in their information technology programs. The workshop will focus on legal, business and copyright issues related to the development and use of such software. Speakers will include legal experts and operations level practitioners who are dealing with these issues on a daily basis. Topics to be addressed include the development of OSS, policy and business models, the distribution and use within the government, and issues that should be addressed by agencies as they move into this new, collaborative development environment.

This workshop will be of interest to IT managers, policy makers, legal and general counsel staff, procurement officials and government contractors.

The workshop is based on the latest product of the CENDI Copyright Group, “Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright and Computer Software: Issues Affecting the U.S. Government with Special Emphasis on Open Source Software,” which was released in November 2009. This follows on CENDI’s very popular “Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright.

Registration is now open. Space is limited and we encourage registration by July 10, 2010. The registration and program are available from: http://cendievents.iiaweb.com/oss_workshop_0710/ 

Registration Fee: $50

CENDI (www.cendi.gov) is an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers from 14 U.S. federal agencies. CENDI’s mission is to help improve the productivity of federal science- and technology-based programs through effective scientific, technical, and related information-support systems.

FLICC (www.loc.flicc.gov) is an interagency cooperative of federal libraries and information centers.

Law Library of Congress (www.loc.gov/law/) provides research and reference assistance and oversees the permanent legal collection to support the U.S. Congress.


Kathryn Holloway                      JR Candlish
CENDI Secretariat                     CENDI Secretariat
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