Carlo Piana

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Carlo Piana
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Born (1968-09-25) 25 September 1968 (age 54)
Omegna (VB), Italy
Occupation(s)Lawyer, 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 served 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 has been a member of the board of the Open Source Initiative since 2022.[7][8]

In 2008 he established a freelance consulting practice on IT law, where he leads a small group of IT lawyers named Array.[9]


  1. ^ "Areas of practice". 10 November 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  2. ^ Kanter, James (29 April 2006). "Band of Activists in Europe Holds the Line in the Case Against Microsoft". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 March 2019 – via
  3. ^ Voice, European (21 May 2008). "Microsoft's new battle with old enemy". POLITICO. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Mr Carlo Piana, Europe's Free Software legal hero, joins as Oracle co-counsel -". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Groklaw - Reasons I Believe the Community Should Support the Oracle-Sun Deal - Updated 3Xs". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  6. ^ "International Free and Open Source Software Law Review". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Open Source Initiative". Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  8. ^ "OSI Board Elections Results". 21 March 2022. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Home". Retrieved 23 May 2022.

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