Call for Proposals

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 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 discussion that 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:

  • Getting started with compliance for copyleft
  • Governance concerns for large copyleft projects
  • Copyleft in different jurisdictions
  • Social and/or technical compliance strategies, aiding your downstreams in compliance via technical or social means
  • Copyleft and emerging technologies; i.e. 3D printing, AI, IoT, code that writes code, etc.
  • 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
  • Getting your workplace to embrace copyleft
  • License compatibility, what's new, what's old, and what challenges remain?
  • Copyleft abuse, how should the community respond?
  • Data and copylefted tools
  • The (general) future of copyleft

How to submit your proposal

Log in to this site and submit a proposal. You can create an account on that page if you haven't already.

How to get help with your proposal

Email proposalhelp@lists.copyleftconf.org

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Dates

October 11th -- CFP opens!

End of November 14th AOE -- CFP closes.

Early December -- we will contact submitters about acceptances and refusals.

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