Who I am? 

I am an IP/IT attorney, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I have been practice law for almost 20 years as a litigator attorney at a law firm and worked for US Corporations (Sun Microsystems de Argentina SA and Oracle Argentina SA and Oracle Sistemas de Chile SA)

If you do legal work for a Corporation one of the first thing you must do is to understand what is your company´s business and what are the internal policies that are established, and logically their boundaries.

Furthermore, Corporations set forth applicable rules or internal policies based on laws to all their subsidiaries worldwide.

Commonly these internal policies regulates about Business Sales Practices, Import Parallel or Secondary Grey Market for Hardware Equipment, Devices, and Spare Parts, Reburbished Programs, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), Export Control, Antitrust, Contracting with Government Entities, Intellectual Property Inbound and Outbound Rights, Data Privacy (Policies, International Transferring) and many others. If that Corporation pertains to the technology business sector, surely will have an Open Source Policy.

In 2007, I had my first encounter with a corporate policy about GPL/LGPL Architecture Guidelines.

Undoubtedly, this fact awakened my interest in open source. These rules quoted above, in one way or another, are incorporated into company business, especially in the sales technology agreements where is established that open source is integrated into the company´s product. Thus, Corporate & Commercial´s Attorneys, with a focus in technology´s transaction must be capable to explain their customers (in public and private sector) many of the issues around open source in business, and not only licensing terms and its complementary agreements. Most of the times how all of this subject matter is packaged are crucial to the benefit of the open source business. In this regards, I have always considered that being capable to explain where all this start, that´s to say, what constitutes "open source software" and how must be understood its scope, constitutes the sine qua condition for consumers of open source technology, especially in government sectors.

In August 2010 I joined Oracle Legal Department, being part of my job to provide the legal support to the Latin America Oracle Global Business Unit Linux/MySQL/Virtualization. In doing so, I had the chance to learn many of the topics around open source in business, especially those related to Linux Services Support.

Apart from that, I have been invited to talk about open source and licensing since 2007. My talks started in September 2007 at the Austrian & Argentine Chambers of Commerce. Then, in July 2008 I was invited at Buenos Aires University, School of Law Intellectual Property Law Course (Argentina). In 2012 I have lectured at Universidad Austral, School of Law (Argentina) LLM in Intellectual Property Law, and finally, in 2013 I was invited to talk in one of the most important law firms in Argentina.

Why I am running for a seat? 

What reasons may I have to run for a seat at OSI board? Anyone that has had the chance to review the OSI mailing list has noted some tensions (or at least I interpreted in that way) in different subject matters related to licensing review, the approval process, the tone used in occasions, and so on.

Firstly I do believe in participation and collaboration based on the recognition of the work already done, in this case by OSI and its members and former Boards of Director. Therefore, even when it could exist a thing that "should" or "must" be changed, there must exist a recognition of the work already executed. Basically, critics should be constructive. Being said that, my objectives are two-fold: 1) To Help the International Recognition of the OSI. The OSI is an "International" non-profit corporation, but unfortunately, it is not as well known as it should be in Latin America. This brings with it as a consequence that all their work and effort are not known. Apart from that, there are private industries and government sectors that as of today are misunderstanding the open source definition promoted by the OSI, since again, they are not clear enough about the OSI role in the international community. Thus, I would like to see a deeper involvement of the OSI in the Latin America Region. Frankly, I have experience in the Legal & Government Affairs in Latin America, and I think I can use all my skills to foster OSI activities in Latin America, 2) The second objective is linked with the # 1) above which is promotes the Open Source Definition taking the actions at any level eventually approved by the Board to be executed.

Both of my objectives are pretty simple, but at the same time would constitute the "initiative actions" in Latin America.

I am just want to put my "coin in the jar" and that coin comes from Latin America.

If you are eligible to vote in the next OSI Board Elections and you want to know more about me please send me a note to ggma at ggmalaw dot com and I would be happy to talk with you and clarify any doubt you may have. Thank you very much, Gustavo.

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