Linux Foundation adds ace open-source attorneys to team
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The Linux Foundation Wednesday revealed that two attorneys well-known in the open-source community will make up the legal team for the group, which is aimed at protecting the interests of Linux in the community.
Karen Copenhaver and Andrew Updegrove will serve as attorneys for the foundation, which was created in January with the merger of the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group. The group’s mission is to promote, protect, and standardize the operating system created by Linus Torvalds.
Copenhaver and Updegrove are no strangers to the Linux and open-source community. Copenhaver, an expert on open-source licensing, is a partner in the Boston firm Choate, Hall & Stewart’s business & technology practice, and most recently served as executive vice president and general counsel at Black Duck Software, which offers IP (intellectual property) risk management and mitigation services and software.
Updegrove is a partner and founder of Gesmer Updegrove in Boston, and is best known for blogging about open source and open standards on his Standards Blog on the Consortiuminfo.org Web site he created and manages. Updegrove has received particular notoriety for his criticism of Microsoft in its quest to make its XML-based document format, Open XML, an international standard.
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