The course is held both in English and Spanish. Here is an abstract:
«Software is a basic component of the Information Society. The aim of this seminar is to analyze its legal protection (copyrights and patents) and some questions surrounding its dissemination. There are two basic models of disseminating software: proprietary licenses and open source licenses. While the second model is based on the idea of giving users more freedoms to exploit the software, open source supporters are not altruistic. They have other ways to make money. However, it is sustained that this category of licenses is more in favour of innovation. The first model is based on the idea of the owner keeping all rights over the software. While this is allowed by the IP system, it has several implications from the point of view of Competition Law. Furthermore, it hinders interoperability and standardization, thus innovation. Is software IP protection justified? Are proprietary software supporters really the bad guys? Would the promotion of open source software, interoperability and standardisation benefit innovation? Would the relaxation of IP protection prevent IT houses from invest in software development?».
Speakers include Mariano Riccheri (IP Consultant), Malcom Bain (ID Law Partners), Begoña Uriarte (PricewaterhouseCooper), Andres Guadamuz (University of Edimburgh) and Aurelio Lopez (University of Alicante, LVCENTINVS).
The program and information to register for this course can be found here (Please take into account that places are limited)