thanks for the fast reply!
Don’t worry you are not being pedantic at all. Although I’ve been working with open source things for a while, I actually never stopped to read all the legal stuff and really understand the differences of patents/copyright, etc. (I know, ,I know, shame on me… :P). For me it has always been: “create it, put it online, stick some license that seems to fit what you are trying to convey, and done…” Just trying to say that for me some of these terms were meaning the same thing, but from what you are saying they are obviously not… Sorry!
Anyway, here are some answers to your questions:
The lecture doesn’t have a date yet, but it would be somewhen in August.
The audience for this one specifically are a group of people in the University who are going through a “startup program” where they are trying to take ideas and create businesses from them https://www.startupschool-tuebingen.com/.
Today they had a whole morning of IP, patent, design licensing, copyright.
When the person giving the module was asked “what about open source licenses?” the answer was: “uh, geez, there are so many, and they are so complicated, and you have to be really careful to get signatures from every person in an open source project if you are planning to use some part of the project in your idea… So it is quite messy and I would stay away from it…” I don’t know much about IP and patent and so on, but that sounded incredibly wrong and misleading. This is why we are planning this lecture/event.
Another colleague and I could come up with examples, companies, history around open source, and it would be great to have a speciallist talking about the legal aspects of it…
I think the idea would be to make clear to people what is available out there, what can “substitute” or work together with what, and what practical things could be done if open source projects need to be incorporated into new projects/ideas…
Audience wise, I think we could say they have next to zero experience (except for this one module this morning…) --> On a longer term view, we could also think about creating a “booklet/manual” for people trying to get the first steps in these issues?