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2023-11-12 12:00

Open Source License Obligations Checklists even better now

Import the checklists to other tools, create context diffs and merged lists

2023-03-01 12:00

Embedded Linux distributions

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2022-01-13 12:00

Phase #3 of OSADL project on OPC UA PubSub over TSN successfully completed

Another important milestone on the way to interoperable Open Source real-time Ethernet has been reached

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Open Source OPC UA PubSub over TSN project phase #3 launched

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OSADL Special Events

OSADL Special Events

COOL - Compact OSADL Online Lectures

Online event

What is COOL?

COOL - Compact OSADL Online Lectures: Open Source meets Industry

  • COOL is an OSADL webinar series.
  • COOL takes place regularly once a month and covers new and state-of-the-art topics on Open Source software in industry, either on legal or on technical aspects.
  • COOL editions each consist of two lectures covering a special "Open Source meets industry" topic followed by a discussion round. The first "basic" lecture provides basic knowledge with regard to the respective topic and the second "advanced" lecture dives deeper into the topic and highlights special aspects. The discussion round gives all participants the possibility to ask questions and discuss with the respective speakers and the audience.
  • COOL speakers are OSADL experts on the one hand and external specialists on the other hand who kindly agreed to share their expert knowledge on the respective topic.
  • COOL is a virtual event. The lectures are held by live video streams. Speakers will be available for questions and discussion in a video conference which will take part subsequent to the live video streams.
  • COOL in general is designed to provide support how to best and compliantly use Open Source software in industry.

COOL April 2021 edition

Redistribution of a Linux distribution - not as easy as it might appear
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 2pm to 4pm CEST

(This event has passed. Thank you to all attendees who joined COOL virtually)

Agenda COOL April 2021 edition:

2:00pm to 2:45pm CEST: 

Theoretical part: Redistribution of an (in)complete Linux distribution - who is responsible for FOSS license compliance?
Dr. Till Jaeger, JBB Rechtsanwälte

2:45pm to 3:30pm CEST: 

Practical Part: Source code, rebuild and trademarks: Recipes for a compliant redistribution
Caren Kresse, OSADL

3:30pm to 4:00pm CEST: 

Discussion and possibility to ask questions

Description COOL April 2021 edition:

It is not uncommon for a Linux-based embedded system to require such a large amount of software packages that the entire system is more like a standard off-the-shelf Linux distribution such as Debian, Ubuntu or Fedora. And then the temptation can indeed be great to simply copy such a ready-made Linux distribution and pass it on, instead of undergoing the hassle to develop a company's own root file system. However, this is not as easy as it appears, since an existing Linux distribution may only be passed on without considering copyright, trademark and patent issues if no modifications whatsoever have been applied - and installing it on a particular hardware or adding even only a small software component is already considered a modification. In essence, if a modified Linux distribution is going to be passed on, third-party rights must be taken care of in a very similar way as if the distribution had been assembled independently – except that the standard distribution makes it a bit easier to forward it in a legally compliant way. The theoretical part of this COOL edition will elucidate the legal background of all aspects of redistributing an incomplete or complete Linux distribution, while the practical part will focus on the individual steps that are required to convert a standard Linux distribution into a company's own branded Linux product and provide recipes for the most common distributions to do so.

Recommended audience COOL April 2021 edition:

Open Source officers, software developers and system integrators, project managers, head of development, internal and external legal advisors, employees of QA departments, etc.

About the speakers of the COOL April 2021 edition:

- Dr. Till Jaeger: Till Jaeger has been a partner at JBB Rechtsanwaelte since 2001. He is a Certified Copyright and Media Law Attorney and advises large and medium-sized IT businesses as well as government authorities and software developers on matters involving contracts, licensing and IP rights. Established in 1999, JBB Rechtsanwaelte is a law firm dealing with legal matters arising out of the complex high-tech, entertainment and information technology industry.
One particular focus of Till Jaeger's work is on the legal issues created by free and open source software (FOSS). He is co-founder of the Institute for Legal Aspects of Free & Open Source Software (ifrOSS), contributing to its work with academic publications, lectures and seminars in the fields of software law and copyright law. He provides advice on compliance with open source licenses and on compatibility issues, and helps developers and software companies to enforce licenses both in Germany and abroad.
Till Jaeger is a lecturer at the Humboldt University Berlin in the subjects of IT law and IP law and general counsel of OSADL.
He represented the project in several lawsuits to enforce the GPL and has published several articles and books related to legal questions of Free and Open Source Software (among them Jaeger/Metzger, Open Source Software - Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen der Freien Software, 5th ed. Munich 2020, and Van den Brande/Coughlan/Jaeger - The International FOSS Law Book, 2nd ed Munich 2014). He was member of the Committee C in the GPLv3 drafting process.

- Caren Kresse: Caren Kresse holds a Master degree in Physics. Already during her studies she used and appreciated the large amount of Open Source software and she became acquainted with all aspects of Open Source communities. In particular, she specialized on legal aspects of conveying Open Source software and has been working on various aspects of Open Source license compliance with OSADL since 2018. Among others, she leads the OSADL Open Source Policy project and is deeply involved in the OSADL License Obligations Checklists project.

Upcoming COOL webinars

Upcoming COOL webinars in the first half of 2024:

  • May to August 2024: COOL summer break
  • COOL will be continued in September 2024 (more information will be available here soon)

Past COOL webinars

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Please click on the respective COOL edition in order to display the full agenda and more details about the lectures and the respective guest speakers.

Download of COOL overview September - December 2023 as PDF file (v4)
Download of COOL overview January to May 2023 as PDF file
Download of COOL overview September to December 2022 as PDF file
Download of COOL overview January to May 2022 (new - v7) as PDF file
Download of COOL overview September - December 2021 as PDF file
Download of COOL overview January - May 2021 as PDF file

COOL conference language

The COOL sessions will be in English language.

COOL registration

Please use the online registration form to register for a particular COOL edition: Online registration form.
The access data will be sent to the registered participants shortly before the event.

COOL participation fee

Participation in COOL is free of charge.

COOL feedback

We would appreciate if participants of COOL completed and submitted the following feedback questionnaire in order to better meet their requirements and consider their suggestions in future events: Feedback sheet. Thanks in advance.

COOL presentations

The presentations and video clips of COOL will be made available after the event. Material of basic lectures will be publicly available, material of advanced lectures will be available exclusively for OSADL members or participants with login.

COOL Presentations and video clips (Member or participant login required to display material of advanced lectures)

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You may revoke this agreement at any time by email, mail or phone using the communication data provided at the imprint page, but this will also cancel your registration.


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