Lawyer and Technologist
John Ackermann is an attorney with a passion for making law and technology work together. In addition to broad experience as a legal executive with a major techology company, he has long worked with the legal issues that surround the development and use of open source software, has written OSS programs himself, and as author of the TAPR Open Hardware License helped to create one of the first licensing models for open hardware.
Publications and Presentations
"Open Hardware: Why and How"
Presentation to the open hardware workshop at the 14th International Conference on Accelerator & Large Experimental Physics Control Systems, October 6, 2013.
Slides with audio (MP4, 30 minutes, 86MB)
Slides only (PDF, 3.8MB)
Toward Open Source Hardware
University of Dayton Law Review, 2009.
University of Dayton Law Review 2009, Volume 34, Number 2, 183-222 (PDF, 800kB)
TAPR Open Hardware License
License documents adopted by TAPR, 2007.
Open Hardware License Version 1.0 (PDF, 80KB)
Noncommercial Hardware License Version 1.0 (PDF, 80KB)
"Open Source Software: Theory and Practice"
Presentation to the University of Dayton School of Law Seminar on Significant Developments in Computer and Cyberspace Law, 2004.
Chapter Materials (PDF, 200KB)
Presentation (PDF, 200KB)
Arbitrating Licensing Disputes: Putting the 'Binding'
in Binding Arbitration
Callaghan Business Law and Licensing Report, 1993.
Part 1 - Volume 15, Number 6, 133-144, 1993 (PDF, 1MB)
Part 2 - Volume 16, Number 1, 145-156, 1993 (PDF, 1MB)