A history of open-source licensing from a lawyer who helped blaze the trail

The Stack Overflow Podcast

The home team is joined by Heather Meeker, a specialist with a deep history in the world of open-source software licensing. Heather tells the home team how the open-source landscape has changed since the 1990s, how access to air conditioning helped nudge her into a computing career, and how, when her dad worked in a computer lab in the 1960s, his work was considered so esoteric that she used to tell people he was a spy. (Can we bring that back?).

Heather is a General Partner at OSS Capital, which provides VC backing to seed-stage COSS (commercial open source) startups. Her law practice focuses on intellectual property and open-source licensing, and she serves on the IEEE-ISTO Board of Directors.

Connect with Heather on LinkedIn or explore her work on her website.

Today’s Lifeboat badge goes to user keshlam for their answer to the question Why do we need abstract classes in Java?.

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