The Asian Legal Network in 2017

The Promotional Poster for the latest Asian Legal Network Event

Open Invention Network has long helped support a series of outreach activities across China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India under the Asian Legal Network banner. This initiative was started during my tenure as Global Director of Licensing for OIN and has always been positioned as a way to build bridges between Asian stakeholders and their contemporaries in Europe and the Americas. In particular, we always envisioned the ALN as a great way to share knowledge between individuals and to provide an avenue for deeper global engagement through the Legal Network (a broad, collaborative community fostered by FSFE).

Our Recent Asian Legal Network Panel Discussion

On June 16th 2017 the latest Asian Legal Network event was hosted in Tokyo. The keynote speaker was the exceptional David Kappos. We also heard from Keith Bergelt from OIN, Endo San from Toyota and Nonaka San from DLA Piper. I was honored to have the opportunity to MC the event, deliver a speech on the OpenChain Project that I lead, and to moderate our “Questions and Answers” panel.

Questions and Answers From The Audience to the Panel

Great thanks are due to all the attendees who contributed so much to the discussion and ensured that — as usual — the event went far beyond a series of dry talks. We explored issues related to open source, intellectual property and community collaboration both in the context of Japan and globally. Special thanks are due to Nonaka San and all the other DLA Piper personnel who both acted as gracious hosts and provided an environment that fostered collaboration.

A Discussion About OpenChain

My speech explained the OpenChain Project. OpenChain is about how we address open source compliance across the supply chain in a simple, effective manner. While a new project, it has considerable traction, and I am keen to share it with as many people as possible.

tl;dr: The OpenChain Project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for open source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification. OpenChain Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements. The result is that open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for participants of the software supply chain.
OpenChain is a Solution for the Real World

One of the main things I like to highlight about OpenChain is that we designed it for everyone. OpenChain Conformance is effective because it is explicitly suitable for companies both big and small. We do not dictate specific processes or specific best practices, but simply that such artifacts exist, allowing companies of all sizes to select the solutions that work best for their market and their context.

You can view my full speech on SlideShare right here:

So, what’s next? Well, watch this space for further news about OpenChain and the Asian Legal Network, and in the meantime please do check out the call for papers around the Open Compliance Summit. This excellent event is the conference where Asian teams involved in projects like OpenChain, like the Asian Legal Network, and other activities like SPDX or FOSSology all get together and share knowledge.

By the way, big thanks to Endo San from Toyota for the photos!