This page contains various articles and presentations which I have written/given.
Free and Open Source Software in Business:
A chapter in Noam Shemtov and Ian Walden's forthcoming book, "Free and Open Source Software: Law, Policy and Practice," to be published by OUP in 2013. My chapter looks at the business implications of FOSS, including strategy and policy, product development and supply chain considerations, understanding and handling violations and allegations of violations, FOSS in corporate acquisitions, competition law implications of FOSS in business and employment law considerations.
A Decentralised Approach to Online Trust Validation?:
An assessment of the proportionality of regulation of over the top communications services under Europe’s common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services:
My Masters thesis, critically examining the way in which "over the top" communications services are regulated, asking whether today's regime is appropriate. The full text is available here
Assorted writings for LLM in IT and Telecoms law:
My various theme reports and end of module assessments for my Masters are here
09th August 2010:
iPad - harbinger of the public domain?:
published article, Society for Computers and Law website (members only): here
. Article available here
21st June 2010:
GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0: obligations to include licence text, and provide source code:
published peer-reviewed article, International Free and Open Source Software Law Review, Volume 2, Issue 1. Journal available here
. Article available here
26th July 2013:
Purpose and Impact of European Regulation of Communications:
I am teaching a two day course for the US Telecommunications Training Academy as associate lecturer of the UK Telecommunications Academy
, on regulation of communications in Europe. The course offers a broad overview of the European regulatory model, licensing and authorization, the role of the regulator, and the impact of liberalization in Europe. Participants will explore technology neutrality and convergence, European legislation for communications and the "over the top" communications services, with an emphasis on understanding the policy underpinnings of communications regulation. The official USTTI course description is here
26th November 2012:
SCL case law update: Usedsoft:
An odd one — I wrote the slides for a friend's presentation on the CJEU's decision on Usedsoft at the SCL Thames Valley Group's IT law update. You can get the slides here
— you may find them helpful to accompany the decision, which is structured in an odd way. Also, some practical recommendations.
12th July 2012:
Dangers of Social Networking:
I spoke on the wider, more thoughtful, dangers — the notion of a filter bubble, pressure to publish, impact on real life personality and such like — of social networking, at the Society for Computers and Law seminar. The list of thoughts I used to guide what I was saying is probably not of much use, but, just in case, it's here
28th May 2012:
FOSS in practice:
I spoke on dealing with FOSS in practice at the Society for Computers and Law lecture on open source software. Lecture details here
. A copy of my speaking notes are available here
14-15th May 2012:
Distance learning in a highly connected environment — the eLLM:
I am speaking at the ITU's ICT Competencies Development in the Telecommunication and Education Sectors in Africa, to be held in Bujumbura, Burundi. I am talking about the eLLM, and the benefits of high-speed connections to online distance learning.
7th February 2012:
The Digital Economy Act 2010:
I am leading a roundtable session at the IBDG UK In-House Legal Counsel Strategy Meeting 2012, on the impact (or lack thereof) of the Digital Economy Act 2010.
24th November 2011:
Law enforcement access to retained data:
I gave a paper at the 2011 Cyberspace conference
at Masaryk University, Brno, in the Czech Republic, on law enforcement access to retained data — essentially an analysis of the current provisions of RIPA 2000, and some thoughts on the proposals under the Communications Capabilities Development Program. My slides and speaking notes are available here
— please note they are just my notes, and not an article.
7th April 2011:
FSFE annual legal conference:
two presentations, one on open source in the mobile ecosystem, and one on applications stores and open source. (No slides)
20th January 2011:
presentation to the Guildford branch of the College of Law, helping students understand their options outside the more traditional "private practice" route. Presentation (PDF) here
18th January 2011:
presentation to the University of Southampton's School of Law, helping students understand their options outside the more traditional "private practice" route. Presentation (PDF) here
17th November 2010:
The use of "free":
inaugural presentation to the Thames Valley branch of the Society for Computers and Law, on the concept of "free" (official announcement here
) - the emergence and role of the public domain, and the challenges it faces. Presentation (PDF) here
11th November 2010:
Alternative Careers in Law:
presentation to the London Young Lawyers' Group, helping students / junior lawyers understand their options outside the more traditional "private practice" route. Presentation (PDF) here
30th September 2010:
The Future of User Generated Content:
presentation and discussion session to the UGC Conference 2010. Presentation (PDF) here
15th September 2010:
The Digital Economy Act:
presentation and discussion on the Digital Economy Acts (background / rationale, current status, next steps, possible future) to Corporate Counsel Forum Europe.
13th May 2010:
Licence text inclusion and online code distribution under GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0:
presentation to the Linux Foundation.
20th April 2010:
Social Networking: when your private life meets the public domain:
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Young Solicitors' Group. Flyer available here
(PDF download), and presentation (redacted web version) available here
09th April 2010:
Thoughts from the mailing list: licence text inclusion and online code distribution under GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0; Free software in application stores and intermediary liability:
FSFE's Freedom Task Force's annual legal conference, Amsterdam. I will be talking about a number of issues raised on the FSFE FTF's mailing list over the last year, including (a) whether, under GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0, one can refer to licence text via URL; (b) whether, under GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0, one can refer a receipient of Covered Code to an online repository, or whether provision of code on a CD etc. is required, and, in each case, whether this obligation can be sub-contracted; and (c) intermediary liability, and the inclusion of Free software components in application stores. A copy of my presentation is available here
Copyright for the 21st century: online infringement, intermediary liability, and social impact:
an unplanned presentation to the eBusiness Regulatory Alliance, on the stifling effect of copyright on individual creativity, and the misconceived positioning of the Digital Economy Bill.
Compliance with open source licenses in the corporate context:
presentation to Olswang's "Open Source Summit".
Introducing the 'linking document':
FSFE's Freedom Task Force's annual legal conference, Amsterdam. A presentation of the work to date on the 'linking document' - a document setting out legal commentary on interprocess communication and data exchanges in software.
Tackling online abuse images:
the disincentive of the intermediary liability exclusion: presentation to a range of stakeholders in online child protection work, Berlin.
Application Program Interfaces (APIs): legal issues:
eCommerce Law and Policy conference.