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Heather Meeker


Heather Meeker is a lawyer in private practice who helps her clients unravel the mysteries of open source software licensing. She is the chair of the IP/IT Licensing and Transactions group at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and specializes in intellectual property transactions for software and other technology clients. In 2011 was selected by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 intellectual property licensing lawyers in California, and was named San Francisco Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in 2012. Her book The Open Source Alternative: Understanding Risks and Leveraging Opportunities was published by Wiley & Sons in February 2008.

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AGPL: Out of the shadows

A while ago, I noted the slow but growing use in private business of GPL version 3. In the nearly 10 years since it was released, GPL3 has gained an uneasy acceptance in the technology industry, despite lingering concerns about its unusual patent terms and “Installation Information” requirements.

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Who’s afraid of GPL3?

It’s been almost six years since the release of GPL version 3. During the revision process, which lasted over two years and veered toward walk-away controversies more than once, hundreds of open source enthusiasts — from the hackers to the fortune 100 — contributed comments to a major drafting process. Adoption of the new GPL3 license was gradual, and many companies put the new license on their open source policy black lists.

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