25 September 1968 |
Omegna (VB), Italy
|Occupation||Lawyer, Free Software advocate|
|Known for||Free Software advocacy, antitrust activities, open standards|
Carlo Piana is a lawyer by training and a Free Software advocate. A qualified attorney in Italy, Piana has been practicing IT law since 1995, focusing his practice on software, technology, standardization, data protection and digital liberties in general, and serves as external General Counsel to the Free Software Foundation Europe ("FSFE").
Piana has been involved in some of the cornerstone legal cases in Europe, such as the long-running antitrust battle between the EU Commission and Microsoft  where he represents both the FSFE and the Samba Team, the standardization of OOXML at ISO/IEC, and more recently defending Oracle  in its attempted acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
Piana is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review ("IFOSS L. rev.")  and is president of the board of directors of the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation.
In 2008 he has established a free lance consulting practice on IT law, from where he leads a small group of IT lawyers named Array.
- As reported in his professional website at http://law.piana.eu/areas
- An article from NY Times covering the 2006 hearing and the Free Software activitsts' role http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/29/business/worldbusiness/29soft.html?ei=5088&en=bc84dbaf41a6aaa1&ex=1303963200&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&pagewanted=print
- Array is an array Array official website.
-  Interview by Groklaw
- Law is Freedom Blog, both in Italian and in English
-  Profile on Fossbazaar
- IFOSS L. rev. Editorial Committee
-  Interview by Roberto Galoppini (Commercial Open Source Software)
-  Recommended lawyer by the FSFE's Freedom Task Force
-  Interview by Linux World