Carlo Piana

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Carlo Piana
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Born (1968-09-25) 25 September 1968 (age 50)
Omegna (VB), Italy
OccupationLawyer, Free Software advocate
Known forFree 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,[1] 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,[2][3] where he represents both the FSFE and the Samba Team, the standardization of OOXML at ISO/IEC, and more recently defending Oracle[4][5] 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.")[6] and is member of the board of directors of the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation.[7]

In 2008 he established a freelance consulting practice on IT law, where he leads a small group of IT lawyers named Array.


External links[edit]

  • Array is an array Array official website.
  • [1] Interview by Groklaw
  • Law is Freedom Blog, both in Italian and in English
  • [2] Profile on Fossbazaar
  • IFOSS L. rev. Editorial Committee
  • [3] Interview by Roberto Galoppini (Commercial Open Source Software)
  • [4] Recommended lawyer by the FSFE's Freedom Task Force
  • [5] Interview by Linux World