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One of our great strengths is the breadth of knowledge within the UK legal community in open tech and the support this community gives to OpenUK. Many of these individuals give their time to OpenUK through its Legal Advisory Board and provide insight and have drafted OpenUK’s responses to proposed regulations and laws in the UK, the EU and beyond.

The recognised experts in this group include our CEO, former lawyer Amanda Brock, editor of the leading textbook, Open Source Law, Policy and Practice, published by Oxford University Press in 2022, Chris Eastham Chair of our Legal Advisory Board,  Sonia Cooper, our data lead, world-leading open hardware expert, Andrew Katz, our Honorary Kings Council, Iain Mitchell KC, academic researcher Rowan Wilson, patent attorney Olivia Johansson and governance and compliance expert Sami Atabani.

Open source is about people, code and intellectual property.

OpenUK’s Legal Advisory Board and its Supporters and Special Advisors are the people who bring deep understanding to this legal work. Their understanding of software, hardware, data, standards and AI from the perspective of law and “curation” – good governance and technical hygiene – intellectual property, and commercialisation is based on their collective centuries of industry experience and professional works.

Legal Advisory Board Outputs

  • Joint Report with OSOR on the state of Open Source in UK published July 2020
  • Amicus Brief Google v Oracle submitted March 2020
  • FOSS4SME and letter to MP’s shared January 2020
  • International Treaties – supported Brexit Trade Agreements
  • Response to new Legislation – Ongoing
  • Tools and Education – Ongoing
  • Joint Events planned with the Society of Computers and Law

The group works in a proactive and reactive way, looking at necessary and forward-looking policies and areas of change as well as responding to proposed legislation in the UK and beyond.

Text and Data Mining Open Letter

UK open source advocates, including OpenUK, are urging the government to ensure AI technologies have ample access to public data to aid the development of the UK AI sector. OpenUK is a signatory of the joint letter highlighting the issue and provided a proposal for a code of practice to guide AI IP legislation supporting TDM.

Open Letter

OpenUK Response to ICO Consultation

OpenUK Response to ICO Consultation on AI and Generative Models due 1 March 2024

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Legal Advisory Board

Adrian Keward
Chief Technologist Public Sector, Red Hat
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Andrew Katz
Consultant, Bristows LLP and CEO, Orcro Limited
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Anne Todd
Senior Solicitor, Macfarlanes
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Charlotte Lee
Deputy General Counsel, Datastax Inc.
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Chris Eastham
Chief Legal Officer
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Iain Mitchell Honorary KC
Honorary KC
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Professor Ian Walden
Professor, Queen Mary University
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James Lovegrove
Public Policy Director, RedHat
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Magdalena Rzaca
GDPR & IPR Legal Advisor, GÉANT
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Olivia Johansson
Patent Attorney, Electrolux
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Robert Carolina
Chief Security Policy Officer
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Rochelle Farmer
General Counsel
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Sami Atabani
Technology & IP Licensing Consultant, Atabani Consulting Ltd, Open Chain contributor, OpenUK Legal & Policy member
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Toby Crick
Partner, Bristows
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