Call for Proposals

Who: Participants who care about copyleft — from developers, strategists, enforcement organizations, lawyers, scholars and critics — will gather for an in-depth, high bandwidth, and expert-level discussion about the day-to-day details of using copyleft licensing, obstacles facing copyleft (and all FOSS licensing) and the future of copyleft as a strategy to advance and defend software freedom for users and developers around the world.

The event will provide a friendly and safe place for discussion of copyleft as a key strategy for defending software freedom. All are welcomed and no invitation or membership to any group is required to attend! People of all genders, people of color, and those from groups that are under-indexed in free software are heartily encouraged to submit a proposal.

We are looking for 25 minute talks. The time is short to maximize communication from many parties and inspire later discussion. You can either choose to speak for 20 minutes and allow 5 minutes of Q&A or speak for 25 minutes with no Q&A.

We are also looking for discussion leaders to introduce a topic and facilitate a 60 minute discussion. We want people to submit discussions in groups or pairs. We are especailly intersted in topics lead by people from different organizations who can bring different perspectives. Discussions will hopefully result in actionable ideas or practical solutions around better use and increased adoption of copylefted software. Discussion leaders will spend 5-10 minutes introducing their topics, either suggest or encourage participants to suggest a format for discussion and then spend 5-10 minutes recapping the conversation and recording actionable advice to share after the conversation is over.

We anticipate that this event will focus on software, but we may consider proposals related to other fields using copyleft.

Here are some example topics, but any topic that relates to copyleft is welcome:

  • Governance concerns for large copyleft projects
  • Social and/or technical compliance strategies
  • How copyleft fits in with other efforts to build ethical technology
  • Is it possible or desirable to include ethical considerations beyond software freedom into FOSS licenses?
  • Copyleft and enforcement in different jurisdictions
  • Affero GPL and other copyleft considerations in the era of network-based service software
  • Publicly funded copyleft; i.e. municipal, library, public school or government
  • License compatibility, what's new, what's old, and what challenges remain?
  • Copyleft abuse, how should the community respond?
  • The (general) future of copyleft

How to submit a proposal

To submit a proposal, create an account, log in, and go to your dashboard. From there, you can create a speaker profile, and then you'll be able to submit proposals.

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October 10th -- CFP opens!

EXTENDED! November 17th, midnight AOE -- CFP closes.

Late November -- we will contact submitters about acceptances and refusals.