Dr. Miriam Ballhausen

Dr. Miriam Ballhausen is an attorney-at-law and currently serves as Senior Associate at Bird & Bird LLP. Prior to joining Bird & Bird, Miriam worked at Lumesse GmbH, where she was responsible for software compliance and data protection law. Prior to joining Lumesse GmbH, Miriam worked at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in Germany and at JBB Rechtsanwälte, a Berlin based law firm with its main focus on IT/IP law, where she advised clients on legal matters relating to Free and Open Source Software, software licensing and software contracts. Miriam also leads the Certification Working Group of the OpenChain project hosted by the Linux Foundation.

Armin Hemel

Armijn Hemel, MSc, is one of the world’s leading compliance engineers. He studied computer science at Utrecht University. From 2005 – 2012 Armijn served on the coreteam of and developed a thorough understanding of license compliance issues in global electronics supply chains. As the owner of Tjaldur Software Governance Solutions he has helped many companies with compliance issues. True to his academic roots he keeps exploring and has published about compliance and provenance at the MSR, WCRE and ASE conferences.

Dr. Michael C. Jaeger

Michael leads IT projects in a larger German engineering corporation and provides consulting in the area of OSS license compliance. He also works as a professional trainer since 2009. He is one of the maintainers of the open source project FOSSology – a leading OSS compliance analysis tool hosted by the Linux Foundation. Furthermore, he has founded the open source project sw360: a software management application designed to work with FOSSology. Michael is a certified software architect and received a German PhD degree from the faculty of electrical engineering and computer science at TU Berlin.

Dr. Till Jaeger

Till Jaeger is an attorney-at-law and partner at JBB Rechtsanwälte, a Berlin based law firm focussing on IT law. He is a Certified Copyright and Media Law Attorney with a focus on on license compliance and compatibility issues and has served as a member of the Committee C in the GPLv3 drafting process. Till Jaeger is member of the Institute for Legal Questions on Free and Open Source Software, which he co-founded with Axel Metzger to perform research on legal questions regarding the Open Source model. Together with other members of the Institute, he was involved in several legislative projects at the national and European level, such as the implementation of the EU Information Society Directive in Germany, the German Copyright Act and the discussion on the proposal for a directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions. Till Jaeger has represented his clients in several lawsuits to enforce the GPL and has published several articles and books on legal questions around Free and Open Source Software.

Dr. Till Kreutzer

Till Kreutzer is a lawyer (attorney-at-law), legal scholar and journalist. He is co–founder and publisher of, a non-profit information portal on copyright in the digital world for consumers and creators, awarded – inter alia – with the Grimme-Online-Award 2006. He is also an entrepreneur and founder and managing partner of the iRights.Lab, an independent think tank on strategies for the digital world and the law firm iRights.Law. Till is a member of the Institute for Legal Issues of Free and Open Source Software (ifrOSS) and has published extensively on legal questions around Free and Open Source Software. He teaches copyright law, trademark law, privacy law and personal rights at various institutions (among others at the Akademie für Publizistik (Academy for Journalism), the Evangelische Journalistenschule (Evangelical School for Journalism) and the Free University of Berlin.

Dr. Catharina Maracke

Catharina Maracke is an attorney-at-law and associate professor at Keio University in Japan, where she focusses on IP law and policy, standardisation efforts for public licensing schemes, and the general interaction between law and technology. She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and a member of the advisory board at the Defensive Patent License Project. Catharina Maracke has served as director at Creative Commons and as a member of Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System at the World Economic Forum.

Professor Dr. Axel Metzger

Axel Metzger is Professor of Law at Humboldt University, Berlin, where he teaches civil law and intellectual property. He has served as a board member for the German Association of Law and Informatics (DGRI) and co-founded the Institute for Legal Questions on Free and Open Source Software together with Till Jaeger. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on intellectual property and information technology law, including a book on legal aspects of Open Source Software, co-authored with Till Jaeger.

Dr. Henriette Picot

Henriette Picot is an attorney-at-law and partner at Bird&Bird an international law firm, where she focusses on national and international projects for suppliers and users of software, hardware and innovative IT based services, advising on technology licensing, distribution, software development (including agile), e- and m-commerce, cloud computing, open source software, outsourcing and managed services transactions, IT in M&A transactions, data protection and security, as well as the legal implications of new business models in the spheres of IoT/Industry 4.0. She has published on legal implications of Free and Open Software and currently serves as a member of the International Tech and Comms Group at Bird & Bird.