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.

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:

  • Monday 16 July 2018: official CFP announcement and venue details announced.
  • Sunday 19 August 2018: CFP submission deadline.
  • Monday 10 September 2018: Conference schedule announced.

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

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