SCL Foundations of IT Law (Cycle 3): Module 1 "Software Licensing Law" - Monday 11 September 2017, London

When: 11/09/2017

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Cycle 3 of the SCL Foundations of IT Law Programme

Hosted and sponsored by Linklaters LLP


Date: Monday 11 September 2017
Time: 5 pm to 7 pm (Registration from 4.30 pm) (Please note the time of this seminar is different to all other Foundations Modules)
Venue: Linklaters, One Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8HQ Map

Toby Crick, Partner, Bristows LLP
Natalie Ellerby, Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP
Vikram Khurana, Senior Associate, Bristows LLP

All IT lawyers need a thorough understanding of the nature and character of Software Licensing. This is particularly the case as these licences are used in rapidly changing environments. As the IT industry has developed over the last twenty years or more, software licences have had to adapt to reflect the evolving nature of both the technology and associated business models. 

The first session in this module will deal with the conceptual and legal basis of software licensing with particular reference to copyright. It will consider the basis and evolution of copyright and how it operates to protect software including by reference to relevant case law.

The second session will consider the nature and content of software licences, why they are needed, how they operate, and the key negotiating points that typically arise in IT transactions.

The third session will focus on open source software. It will consider the various commonly used open source licences. Analysis will also be provided of particular aspects that merit the attention of IT lawyers, for example risk management in connection with due diligence where open source might be present in assets falling within the scope of the transaction.

This event is the first Module of the third cycle of the SCL Foundations of IT Law Programme.

The SCL Foundations of IT Law Programme is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of everything a practising IT lawyer should know.

The aim of the SCL Foundations of IT Law Programme series is to provide a foundation for lawyers who are qualified practitioners (2- 5 years PQE) who have decided that they want to specialise as IT lawyers. SCL's two year rolling programme of twelve modules will cover all the key areas of practice in IT law. By attending the SCL seminar programme you can be confident that you will have the know-how and understanding to advise effectively across the whole range of IT law issues.

View the full Foundations of IT Law programme - Modules 1 - 12 here

Administration notes:
The cost of attending each module is £90 + VAT (£108) for SCL members, £160 + VAT (£192) for non-members and £15 + VAT (£18) for students and academics in full-time education, unemployed members or those experiencing financial hardship.

Significant discount for SCL Members: There is a discount of £120 for 6 modules booked in advance. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please email and request an invoice as discounted bookings cannot be made online.

If you wish to attend this event please book online or email and request an invoice. Fees can be paid by cheque (cheques should be made payable to "Society for Computers and Law" please), Mastercard, Visa, Switch or bank transfer. All invoices for attendance at this event must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date or prior to the date of the event, whichever is the earlier.

Students and SCL academic and unemployed members please note that you cannot book online. To reserve your place and request an invoice please email

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Non-members wishing to join the Society in order to take advantage of the discounted rate are entitled to membership of the Society valid for 12 months from the date of payment including full access to the content of the SCL web site, 6 copies of the SCL magazine "Computers & Law" plus notification of future SCL events. The cost of an annual SCL membership is £125.00. If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact : Sarah Forster, Tel: 0117 9041242, Email:

Booking terms and conditions:

 Application online or by email constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the meeting attendance fee. Cancellations will not be accepted (nor refunds made) unless received in the Society's offices in Bristol at least seven days before the date of the meeting.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the Society for Computers and Law to change the content/timing of the programme and/or speakers.

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