Software Freedom Conservancy

The First Annual International Copyleft Conference

Save the date: Monday 4 February 2019 in Brussels, Belgium

April 30, 2018

Software Freedom Conservancy — the home to many key copyleft projects like Inkscape, Samba and Wine, and known for its work enforcing the GPL for its own projects as well as Linux — announced today that Conservancy will coordinate the first conference focused entirely on copyleft licensing, strategy, enforcement, governance and best practices.

UPDATE: The official Copyleft Conf website is over here.

In response to requests during the FOSDEM Legal and Policy DevRoom, which is coordinated by a team of four that includes Conservancy's own Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen M. Sandler, Conservancy will organize a separate conference on the day following FOSDEM 2019, in Brussels, Belgium, called: The Annual International Copyleft Conference, or CopyleftConf for short.

Participants from throughout the copyleft world — developers, strategists, enforcement organizations, scholars and critics — will be welcomed for an in-depth, high bandwidth, and expert-level discussion about the day-to-day details of using copyleft licensing, obstacles facing copyleft and the future of copyleft as a strategy to advance and defend software freedom for users and developers around the world.

The event will provide a friendly and safe place for discussion of copyleft as a key strategy for defending software freedom.

Conservancy encourages everyone to save the date of Monday 4 February 2019 in Brussels, Belgium for this first CopyleftConf. We've chosen the date and location to ease travel for those already attending FOSDEM the weekend preceding CopyleftConf.

Important Dates **

  • October 1st, 2018: official CFP announcement and venue details announced.
  • October 31st, 2018: CFP submission deadline.
  • November 15th, 2018: Conference schedule announced.

Watch Conservancy's RSS feeds for CopyleftConf announcements as those dates approach!

** These important dates were updated in September.

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