Technology partner Andrew Katz visited Reykjavik for two days in October to meet with experts in open data and open government. Iceland’s financial crisis prompted a radical overhaul of the country’s political structures, including a crowd-sourced rewrite of the country’s constitution (now sadly derailed), and also prompted the government to promote free and open source software as a way of improving government services and increasing value for money in government procurement. The country has also opened a great deal of government data under the Open Spending project.
This year’s Ogg Camp ‘unconference’ was held in Oxford over the weekend 4th and 5th October 2014 at the Oxford Hotel. Moorcrofts sponsored the Moorcrofts Open Hardware Workshop, featuring demos involving equipment from Handibot and OpenTRV.
Andrew Katz gave the first talk of the conference, concentrating on the current state of Open Hardware licensing and legal issues.
The conference, held at the New York University Law Faculty, focussed on the legal aspects of licensing open hardware and the data generated by open sensors. Andrew discussed open hardware licensing, based on his experiences working with CERN on the CERN Open Hardware Licence, version 1.2 of which is now available for download and use on the CERN website. For more information, see here.
The Open Forum Academy has published its latest book, Research on Open Innovation featuring a chapter by Andrew Katz. The chapter, Blurring the Line Between Producer and Creator, deals with the way law and licensing must respond to the democratisation of the creative, and particularly the remix, cultures. A copy of the chapter is available here. A copy of the whole book is available here.
The Open Forum Academy is a sister group of Open Forum Europe, a lobbying group based in Brussels and London, which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation supported by major IT suppliers including Deloitte, Google, IBM, Oracle and Red Hat, as well as SMEs, user and consumer organisations, and national partners across Europe. It focuses on delivering an open, competitive ICT market.
Andrew is a Fellow of the Open Forum Academy and has been involved in Open Forum Europe’s successful work with the Cabinet Office to simplify technology procurement, and to adopt open standards in procurement.
Adrian Phillips led the Moorcrofts team acting for Integrity Software on the disposal of its Salon Software business to Canadian quoted company Jonas.
Joe Hanly, CEO of Integrity Software commented: “We found Adrian’s pragmatic and commercial approach to the transaction extremely valuable in dealing with a North American buyer and a tricky carve-out of a division of our business.”
Katie Osborne and Andrew Katz of the Moorcrofts Tech Team have both completed and achieved certification in Harvard University’s CopyrightX course.
The course is a 12 week multi-mode course covering theory and practice of copyright law, focused on the US, but with emphasis on comparative law from the European Union, Latin America and beyond. The course is broadly equivalent to the Harvard Law School copyright module and consists of a series of 12 lectures, 12 seminars taught by Harvard fellows, a hefty reading list, and additional online events. It culminates in an exam of three essays, marked to Harvard Law School standards by faculty members.
The US is the most prominent jurisdiction in the litigation (and consequent jurisprudence) of software licences, and US decisions are widely analysed and frequently followed in other jurisdictions.
Our Tech Team has an increasing US client base, and this certification adds significant additional weight to our international practice.
Red Hat, Inc, (NYSE:RHT) one of the world’s leading providers of open source solutions, joined forces with the CentOS Project to bring it within the Red Hat stable.
CentOS packages an enterprise-standard Linux operating system and operates on an open source community model, and is one of the most popular Linux distributions.
Andrew Katz from Moorcrofts advised CentOS.
Moorcrofts were delighted to act for the Totemic Group in setting up a joint venture company which has acquired the business of Innovation Lifts. Innovation Lifts produce bespoke lifts for high end clients, and have a thriving export business. Derek Chick of Totemic commented: “Adrian and his team took control of the whole process, driving it forward for completion on time with a minimum of time and cost expended on the non essential details.”
Javier Serrano, a physicist from CERN, was in Oxford to give a lecture on CERN’s White Rabbit technology. The technology allows extremely precise timing of sensor events, and has been licensed under the CERN Open Hardware Licence. Moorcrofts Tech Partner Andrew Katz has been involved in the drafting of the CERN OHL with Javier, and asked Javier to speak at the Oxford Hackspace at OVADA in Oxford. Moorcrofts sponsored the event with pizza and beer (and wine and soft drinks). Pictures here.