June 21-24, 2022
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Tuesday, June 21 • 2:55pm - 3:35pm
The Challenge to Build a Distributed OSPO - Norio Kobota, Sony Group Corporation

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Many companies are establishing OSPOs as the core of their OSS activities in order to accelerate the favorable relationship with open source community. But at the same time many companies are facing a shortage of OSPO personnel. Solving issues surrounding OSS as a member of an OSPO requires not only a good understanding of the open source community and knowledge of software technology, but also legal knowledge such as open-source software licenses, knowledge of intellectual property such as patents and trademarks, and knowledge specific to each business unit in order to cooperate with security departments, etc. Sony has chosen to build a "DISTRIBUTED OSPO" to resolve OSS issues closer to the engineering teams; independent OSPOs are created within the business units, supported by the central OSPO. The members of the distributed OSPOs need training from the central OSPO. There are already many programs to learn legal and intellectual property knowledge for engineers and business managers. However, there are not many training programs that enable OSPO members to learn what to do when they are actually consulted about OSS issues. In this session, we introduce Sony's efforts and knowledge gained in order to develop individuals to solve issues as members of the distributed OSPO.

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Norio Kobota

Alliance Manager, Sony Group Corporation
Norio Kobota is an alliance manager in Sony Group Corporation. He is the chair of Open Source Software License Committee in Sony and works to improve OSS compliance and relationships with OSS communities.He represents Sony as a board member of OpenChain Project. And he is participating... Read More →

Tuesday June 21, 2022 2:55pm - 3:35pm CDT
Room 301/302 (Level 3)
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