This is the concluding part of the various experiences, observations felt during the recently held SFD at Chandigarh, Panjab University
Continuing on that, it was my turn to share something with the crowd. I have to confess something. I really don’t like presentations. The reason I don’t like presentations is there is more often than not a temptation to look at the screen and read what is there. A good presentation at least in my opinion is one which has the fewest slides and talks the least, so I always enjoy doing things extempore. So on a sort of impulse really, decided to share the bane that is copyright and how it affects all, the creators, the producers and the consumers i.e. us. I actually wanted to tackle and share about the big three, i.e. Copyright, patents and licensing. Due to the paucity of the time had to restrict it to just copyright and that too just a bit of introduction. I hadn’t really prepared for it but as have been involved with lot of people who assume they need it, have been working on changing that thought process and people have benefited by having that freedom not just financially but socially as well. It was shortish as I asked them about various licenses and shared a bit about copyright history and how it’s harming us in various ways. I would have loved to cover a whole gamut of things on all sorts of media and the various compromises people have to make due to copyright and in the end who truly benefits from having copyright. But as this was an unscheduled talk and anyways we needed to head back as we wanted to reach Delhi at some sane time. So after 20-30 minutes of sharing, called it quits.
Once that was done, there was an impulsive gesture from Vikas and the Hamara Team and we decided to do a Q&A. Some interesting questions were fielded by Raju, Mohit, Hamara Team, other members of PULUG team and soon we did something like 30-40 questions. At the start there were crowd answers but soon there was some cheating with people using smart-phones to dig out answers and all and we literally had to ban smart-phones for a while. All in all, it was good fun and there were many students who want to make their mark with FOSS which was encouraging. Our only loss and regret that we didn’t have the luxury of being there throughout the experience which we would have loved to be part of and also learn and share a bit more about Open-Source.
There were several aims of the Hamara Project to be at the conference :-
a. To make people awareness about FOSS and opportunities therein.
b. To illustrate how the Hamara Project could be a potential partner, employer or a loose collaborative partner depending upon how people perceive Hamara and different ways people can work with us.
c. To instill ideas about privacy, copyleft and other such ideals for a better society.
Lastly, perhaps the most important of all, People portray Open-Source as doing something charitable, those days are well and truly behind us. Nowadays, it is used for fun and profit.
For almost all startups, it is stupid to put your money for licenses when Open-Source gives you the tools at Rupees Zero and for most you have the option of both free and Paid Support.
I think most of our aims did get fulfilled, although as shared above we would have loved to stay one more day and learn and network with other people too but alas that was not to be. With that, I bid adieu till we meet next time.