April 25, 2013 Leave a comment
On April 8th, I had the opportunity to present my paper, A Licensing Approach to Regulation of Open Robotics at the We Robot Conference at Stanford Law School. The paper was commented on by cyberlaw expert, Professor Michael Froomkin. The following is a brief introduction to my proposal.
My paper argues that openness is normally associated with increased innovation. However, in the case of robotics, open architecture can have an inverse effect by creating a disincentive for manufacturers to develop open systems. The singular preoccupation of open source – as we currently understand it – with software freedom, presents a barrier for manufacturers seeking to restrict or foresee harmful or unethical applications by downstream channels.