Sixth Computer/Internet Roundtable: April 20, 2004, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
brian at collab.net
Thu Apr 8 23:38:57 UTC 2004
Thought some folks here would be interested in this.
From: The Computer Law Committee of the IP Section of the State Bar
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2004 4:05 PM
Subject: Sixth Computer/Internet Roundtable: April 20, 2004, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Computer Law Committee of the IP Section of the State Bar and the
National Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Southwestern University
School of Law invite inhouse counsel, private practice lawyers, the
Southwestern community, IP Section members and software executives to the
in-person & telephonic
Sixth Computer/Internet Roundtable
OPEN SOURCE: NEW SOURCE FOR LITIGATION LIABILITY?
RISKS IN THE WORLD OF SCO, LINUX AND OPEN SOURCE
A presentation and discussion with:
Jason Wilson - Willenken Wilson Loh & Stris LLP
Michael D. Scott - Southwestern Law School
Michael Krieger - UCLA Computer Science Department
Tuesday, April 20, 2004, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
* Lunch and parking is complementary for in-person attendees
* In person attendance is limited so please register early
* Admission is complementary, but e-mail registration/RSVP is
* Conference call-in (800) provided for remote participants
* 1 Hour of MCLE Credit
Location: Southwestern University School of Law
3050 Wilshire Blvd. (the famed "Bullocks Wilshire Bldg.")
Second Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Map and driving directions to the school are at
The Computer/Internet Law Roundtable is a periodic gathering of those
interested in the ever-evolving law of computers, the Internet and a
chance to learn of recent legal developments, explore the effects of
technology advances and exchange experiences and ideas about litigation,
legislation and policy. All - lawyers and non-lawyers alike - are
12:00 Networking and Lunch
12:30 Conference call commences
1. Introduction of the Roundtable
2. Featured speaker and topic:
"Open source" (OS) as an alternative to Microsoft-like development and
licensing has grown into a mainstream issue in recent years. With the
filing of Caldera Systems, Inc. d/b/a/ SCO Group v. IBM Corp. (complaint
tcG1vcmlAY29sbGFiLm5ldA==> ) SCO brought real risk, potential liability
and litigation into the Linux and OS worlds. Exposure that was
previously conjectural (the few suits filed had settled early) became
all the more real as SCO made good on threats to IBM's Linux users by
suing Daimler-Chrsyler and AutoZone.
An increasingly adopted software paradigm -- spanning entertainment to
industrial controls -- OS licensing and development holds both promise
and perils for the uninitiated, whether programmers or general counsel.
Yet, Linux -- poster-child of the OS movement and widely used operating
system for devices like cell-phones -- has increasingly unseated Windows
on corporate desktops, a trend accelerated by IBM's Linux evangelism.
Like a gathering lightening storm, SCO's aggressive posture -- said to
be funded by Microsoft -- has created fear and uncertainty among
potential corporate Linux users and their counsel.
Today's seminar, after a backgrounder in OS origins and licensing, will
explore the litigation risk to companies using open source software
internally and in products. Likewise, it will treat the basis, status,
and potential of the various SCO lawsuits with an eye toward how to best
protect one's clients from liability.
Jason H. Wilson, a partner in Willenken Wilson Loh & Stris LLP (Los
Angeles), has extensive experience litigating and trying patent and
other technology matters during the past 17 years. He frequently writes
and speaks on issues of trial and litigation assessment in technology
He previously was at Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Jason is a graduated of
Pomona College (B.A.), Harvard Law School (J.D. cum laude), and clerked
for the 9th Circuit, first for Judge O'Scainlain and two years later for
Michael D. Scott, a professor at Southwestern Law School and 30-year
computer law veteran, is widely known for authoring "Scott on Computer
Law," "Scott on Multimedia Law," and for editing such journals as the
"Cyberspace Lawyer." Most recently, a partner at Perkins Coie LLP, he
also has held executive positions in several multimedia companies.
Michael is a graduate of MIT (B.S.), and holds a J.D. from the UCLA
School of Law.
Michael M. Krieger, has practiced computer law for nearly 20 years,
focusing on preventive and strategic litigation issues. Involved in
cryptology, technology transfer, Internet and open source issues since
they emerged, he has assisted clients ranging from startups to
international corpora-tions. Michael graduated Caltech (B.S.) and UCLA
(Ph.D.) in mathematics and then spent 10 years on the MIT and UCLA
faculties prior to earning a J.D. at UCLA. He was at Bronson Bronson &
McKinnon and continues to practice while teaching law and business
courses in UCLA's Computer Science Department.
If you plan to attend the Roundtable, whether in person or via
telephone, please RSVP to Tamara Moore (213) 738-6602 or
tmoore at swlaw.edu, being sure to indicate if you will join us in person
or by phone.
The Conference call-in number will be emailed to call-in attendees after
registration. The conference call will commence at 12:30 p.m. Conference
call attendees will receive materials by e-mail prior to the roundtable
to the extent available.
This is an event of the Computer Law Committee of the IP Section of the
State Bar of California and the National Entertainment and Media Law
The Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California is a
State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.
The Computer/Internet Roundtable is graciously hosted by Southwestern
University School of Law www.swlaw.edu
Michael D. Scott, Roundtable Co-Chair
Professor of Law, Southwestern University Law School
mdscott at swlaw.edu
Michael M. Krieger, Ph.D., Chair, Computer Law Committee
Krieger Law Offices; UCLA Computer Science Department
mkrieger239 at earthlink.net
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