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Michael Riskin


Michael Riskin specializes in open source governance and compliance, technology and software licensing, end user license agreements, website terms of use and privacy policies, content licensing, entertainment issues, and the DMCA. He also advises startups in entity formation, operating agreements, and business strategy. In addition, Michael advises clients on intellectual property issues arising in public and private mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases, and spin outs. Most recently before joining Fenwick & West, Michael was an attorney in the licensing and technology group at Cisco Systems, Inc. Prior to his legal career, Michael served technology-based businesses in various capacities including PR, business development, IT, and sales. While in law school, Michael received oral advocacy honors in the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition, served as research assistant to Professor Fred Cate, Director of Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and worked in the Elmore Entrepreneurship Clinic advising technology startups.

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Is breach of the GPL license breach of contract?

Read our analysis of the case of Artifex Software, Inc., v. Hancom, Inc., settled out of court, regarding breach of the GPL license and breach of contract.

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Posted in Mergers & Acquisitions, Open Source Security