Ankur Raheja | Rodney Ryder | Sanyog Shelar : WordPress, GPL, and Copyrights: Learn to get your legal strategy bullet-proof

Ankur Raheja is into law practice with over a decade of experience that includes consultancy to Technology Companies in matters relating to Cyber Law Compliance of websites, Cyber Crime Advisory, online issues as to Copyrights, Trademarks including Domain Disputes, Cyber Defamation, IPR Registration, Company Formation and more. He also possesses Master’s degree in Computer Applications; Fellow membership of Institute of Company Secretaries of India in addition to Bachelors of Law, which provides him with an in-depth understanding of the techno-legal domain.

He is an .IN Domain Dispute Panelist / Arbitrator with .IN Registry (NIXI) and has presided over as a Sole Arbitrator in numerous matters and Domain Dispute Panelist for other TLDs with ADNDRC, Hong Kong and MFSD, Italy. He has helped enforcement agencies in Cybercrime Investigation and is spreading techno-legal awareness through his venture CyLaw.

He is also a member of the Internet Society (ISOC) and an active member of the ICANN Working Groups on WHOIS policy and Rights Protection Mechanism and he has been actively using WordPress since August 2004!

Email: raheja@cylaw.in

Rodney D. Ryder is a lawyer with nearly two decades of experience in Indian Technology, Intellectual Property, and New Media Laws. Mr. Ryder is the Managing Partner of Scriboard [www.scriboard.com], a full-service commercial law firm with cutting edge specialization in technology, new media, and intellectual property laws. He is the author of Guide to Cyber Laws:  the Information Technology Act, 2000, E-Commerce, Data Protection and the Internet, the first section-wise analysis of the Indian Information Technology Act, 2000.  He is presently Advisor to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India on the implementation of the Information Technology Act, 2000.  He counsels clients and represents them in litigation regarding technology law, data security, compliance with law enforcement and intellectual property strategy.

Mr. Ryder has been nominated as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ in intellectual property, technology, communications, and media law by Asia Law, Who’sWhoLegal, Asia Legal 500, amongst other International publications.  Mr. Ryder has been listed as one of India’s leading lawyers in the ’40 under 45’ study conducted by WhosWhoLegal, United Kingdom.

His second book, Intellectual Property and the Internet [published by LexisNexis] has been acknowledged to be an authoritative work on domain name disputes by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and has been quoted in the first and only judgement by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on domain names [Satyam Infoway Ltd. v. Sifynet Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; (2004) 6 SCC 145]. He is an advisor to the National Internet Exchange of India [NIXI] and a member of the panel of independent and neutral arbitrators with NIXI.

Email: rodney@scriboard.com

Sanyog Shelar is the key player in building Version Next Technologies by carrying 11yrs of experience in development and technology.

As passion about work, And giving back to the community, GT for WordPress Marathi Language., Theme Reviewer at WordPress Org.

With earning master’s degree in Technology and Business Administration, he designs super cool websites. It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content.

Whether you have client work, commercial themes, or are submitting your free project to WordPress.org, he is here to help to review them.

Also cyber security expert for panel discussion over various news channels.

They will be talking together about a few important legal matters

What is GPL? Brief Introduction

Remark: Most people would not know about, it will set the base for conversation.

Why is WordPress GPL Licensing? Benefits of GPL 

Remark: Community, Better Software, Free Software, Rapid Updates etc. This will ensure they get the context and advantages of GPL

Introduction to Copyright Law and GPL.How do they co-exist with each other?

Remark: This will introduce to Copyright laws and let them understand the difference between two.Liability under Information Technology Act.
GPL says distribute freely and Copyright says this is mine. How they coexist in WordPress with each other.

What does it mean for Bloggers and WordPress Product Developers :

Remark: We have two major segments Bloggers and Developers and we can talk from the different angles.

Bloggers – How to protect content assets? Here can discuss the copyright compliance.Also, we can Introduce Legal Compliance for Bloggers/WordPress Product Developers. Liability under Information Technology Act.

Themes and Plugin Developers – Talking about Ethical side of redistribution
http://wpandlegalstuff.com/discouraging-public-redistribution-of-commercial-themes-and-plugins-poll-results/

Remark: Summary of everything

  • WHY IS WORDPRESS LICENSED UNDER THE GPL?
  • Why People Hate the GPL?
  • What the GPL Means to You?
  • The GPL and WordPress?
  • WordPress’s GPL Requirement?
  • Non-GPL WordPress Themes & Plugins?
  • How WordPress Plugin and Theme Developers Make Money?
  • THE LEGAL POWER OF THE GPL?
  • REDUCED RISK OF LEGAL ACTION?
  • HOW THE GPL WORKS IN FAVOR OF WORDPRESS END USERS AND DEVELOPERS?
  • ANY REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ADOPT THE GPL LICENSE?
  • What is Split Licensing and the GPL?
  • If I modify the core WordPress software or a GPL’d theme or plugin, must I release the source code of the modified versions(s) to the public?

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