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The Open Definition - Open Definition - Defining Open in Open Data, Open Content and Open Knowledge ... more

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Deputy General Counsel

Wikimedia Foundation , Inc.


Greenberg Traurig LLP

Founder and Principal

Law Offices of Luis Villa

Position, Software

Ximian , Inc.

Technology Analyst and 'Geek In Residence'

Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Law Student

Columbia University

Mid-Level Manager

Novell Inc

Summer Associate

Orrick , Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Recovering Manager

Yergler Corporation

Bugzilla Reviewer



Board Member
GNOME Foundation

Advisory Board
The Defensive Patent License

Board Member and License Review Committee Chair

Legal Fellow
Mozilla Corporation

Primary Liaison
Free Software Foundation Inc

Online Communities


Columbia Law School

Harvard Law School

computer science and political science

Duke University



political science and computer science

Duke University


Web References (185 Total References)

Advisory Council - Open Definition - Defining Open in Open Data, Open Content and Open Knowledge [cached]

Luis Villa

Luis Villa is Deputy General Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously he was an associate in the Palo Alto office of the Greenberg Traurig law firm, where his practice focused on counseling companies on intellectual property, technology licensing and related matters, with a particular focus on open source licensing. His clients were both for-profits and non-profits, including Mozilla, the Wikimedia Foundation, Amazon, and Facebook. He also advised Google in the Oracle v. Google trial, and led the first revision of the Mozilla Public License in a decade. Luis is a director of the Open Source Initiative, and serves as an invited expert on the World Wide Web Consortium's Patents and Standards Interest Group. Before law school, Luis worked in software, including several years working on the GNOME Linux desktop at a small startup.

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Luis Villa

Work with Luis to adopt wikimedia approach to communicating trademark policies

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Luis Villa, Director

Luis (3 year term concludes) (a)
Luis Villa seconded. Motion passed by general consent.
Luis Villa and Simon Phipps believe that many people would be confused by the first option as they would assume that the CC license gives them the right to use the trademark.

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Luis Villa

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Mr. Luis Villa, Director

License Committee (Mr. Villa)
Mr. Villa hopes to get formal approval from his firm soon to act as the chair of the License Committee.
During the month of August, OSI counsel suggested a template for charter development (received on board list) and also director Villa resumed work on a proposed split of Committees vs. Work Groups. Ms. Bryant is recommending standing down on rechartering a dormant committee in favor of working through Mr. Villa's process and giving the board an opportunity to adopt the charter template.
Mr. Villa: check if we can use office facilities in SF for November f2f. Status: done. Mr. Villa: produce Code of Conduct for forums.

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