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Outside Counsel

Olivier Hugot - Of Counsel, France

Olivier Hugot is a member of the New York (2003) and Paris (2004) Bars. He advises and represents French and foreign companies in the areas of Internet, luxury and creation. He assists many innovative Internet entrepreneurs and companies, both in formalizing their projects as well as in development during fundraising.

He advises clients in connection with the protection and exploitation of their rights in compliance with the constantly evolving internet regulations. Olivier has extensive experience in the practical and legal problems of the internet, both with counseling and litigation. He has also developed a particular expertise in the legal aspects of free culture.

Olivier has presented his work at a number of conferences, particularly pertaining to free licenses (GNU/GPL, Creative Commons) as well at Wikimania 2008, the annual international conference of the Wikimedia Foundation. Olivier is also a masters instructor at the University of Paris I La Sorbonne and a member of the associations INTA and IAEL.

Daniel B. Ravicher - Litigation Counsel

Daniel B. Ravicher is a Lecturer in Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He has published numerous legal articles and given dozens of presentations regarding Free and Open Source Software legal issues and served as lead counsel for free and open source software developers in the only GPL enforcement lawsuits ever brought in the United States. Professor Ravicher has been labeled a modern day ‘Robin Hood’ by Science magazine, awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurship, named to both Managing Intellectual Property magazine's ‘50 Most Influential People in IP’ list and IP Law & Business magazine's ‘Top 50 Under 45’ list and twice invited to testify before Congress on issues of technology legal policy. Professor Ravicher received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was the Franklin O'Blechman Scholar of his class, a Mortimer Caplin Public Service Award recipient and an Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, and his bachelors degree in materials science magna cum laude with University Honors from the University of South Florida. Professor Ravicher writes for The Huffington Post and Seeking Alpha and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals for the Federal, 2nd and 11th Circuits, the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the State of New York, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Professor Ravicher is also the Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation.

Karen Sandler - Pro Bono Counsel

Karen M. Sandler is currently the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation and prior to taking up this position was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). Karen continues to do pro bono legal work with Conservancy, SFLC, and Question Copyright and serves as an officer of both the Conservancy and SFLC. Before joining SFLC, Karen worked as an associate in the corporate departments of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and London. Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a recipient of an O'Reilly Open Source Award and also co-host of the “Free as in Freedom” podcast.

Directors Emeriti

Directors Emeriti of the Software Freedom Conservancy are former members of Conservancy's Board of Directors who continue to support Conservancy's mission and occasionally advise Conservancy.

Ian Lance Taylor - Director Emeritus

Ian Lance Taylor began working with free software in 1990. He wrote the popular free Taylor UUCP package and has contributed to a wide range of free software projects, particularly the GNU compiler and binary utilities. He worked with free software at Cygnus Solutions, Zembu Labs, Wasabi Systems, and C2 Microsystems, and currently does GNU compiler and tools development at Google. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University.

Tom Tromey - Director Emeritus

Tom Tromey started working on free software in 1991. He was the primary author of GNU Automake, and has also worked on a wide range of other free software projects. He is currently a maintainer of GNU gcj and works at Red Hat. He received a B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology.

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