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Portrait: FOSS Legal Leader Andrew Updegrove

Nov 14, 2008, 10:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

""Eventually the X Consortium was merged into what became The Open Group, and I pretty much forgot about that license. It wasn't until a few years ago that I realized that the license Bob and I had created had been picked up and used by lots of other people as well, and came to be known as the MIT License."

"Since his work with Scheifler, Updegrove has come to appreciate the importance of open source and open standards, and especially their use together. "Standards have been around for thousands of years, in the form of weights, measures, and coinage," he says. "Agreeing on standards makes networks possible, from railways to the Internet, and we reap enormous benefits as a result." Even standards like the size and shape of light and electrical sockets, battery sizes, and all sorts of other commodities make it possible to have price and quality competition in the marketplace, Updegrove says."

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