Interactions Between FLOSS NGOs, the Software Industry and Academia

Bradley M. Kuhn

Monday 11 February 2013

My History

In The Beginning …

Ye Ol’ Four Freedoms

The Golden Age of Computing

BSD Project

… Then Freedom Eluded Us

Who Invented Licensing?

Some think he did:

As the majority of hobbyists must be aware, most of you steal your software. … [If] software is something to share … You prevent good software from being written.

BSD Lawsuit

The Rise of Copyleft

GNU Project


But MIT was changing.


patents == $$$


spin-offs == $$$

Academic Patent Licensing

The Cycle

Unintended consequences?

Selling Patented Tech From Outside USA

My Own Master’s Thesis

How Collaboration Should Work

The Irony of Business Research

Research from the CS-side

Technology Transfer


What Your Students Need

How NGOs Can Help?

What’s Conservancy Do?


[Hudak2007] Hudak, et al. “A History of Haskell:Being Lazy With Class”. Proceedings of the third ACM SIGPLAN conference on History of programming languages". Pages 12–1–12–55. (Video of talk)

[Milton2010] Cerny, Milton and Hellmuth, Kelly. “Economic Crises? Technology Transfer to the Rescue”. 21 Taxation Exempts 6 (2010).

[JobsCouncil2011] President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. “Taking action, building confidence: Five Common-Sense Initiatives to Boost Jobs and Competitiveness” Interim Report. October 2011.

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