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Luis Villa

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Luis Villa
Villa in 2013
Alma materColumbia Law School

Luis Villa is an American attorney and programmer who is Co-Founder and General Counsel for Tidelift.

Previously he worked as Deputy General Counsel and then as Senior Director of Community Engagement at the Wikimedia Foundation, and prior to that he was an attorney at Mozilla,[1] where he worked on the revision of the Mozilla Public License (MPL). He continued that work in his next job at Greenberg Traurig[2] where he was part of the team defending Google against Oracle's claims concerning Android.[3][non-primary source needed]

Prior to graduating from Columbia Law School in 2009, he was an employee at Ximian,[4] which was acquired by Novell in 2003. He spent a year as a "senior geek in residence" at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society[5] working on StopBadware.org.[6] He has been elected four times to the board of the GNOME Foundation.[7] He was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, and blogs regularly.[4] He was a director of the Open Source Initiative from April 2012 to March 2015.[8][9]

In 2017 he co-founded Tidelift, which seeks to improve the ecosystem around open source software by providing support for professional teams using open source and helping maintainers build sustainable businesses around their projects.[10]

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  1. ^ "Addition to Planet Mozilla". Blog.mozilla.com. 2009-12-12. Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  2. ^ [Posted January 7, 2011 by ris] (2011-01-07). "Villa: Changing Jobs". Lwn.net. Retrieved 2014-04-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Monterrey, Carlos (17 April 2014). "Luis Villa: "I wanted to be an Internet lawyer"". Wikimedia Blog. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b Byfield, Bruce (2008-04-18). "Portrait: Luis Villa, from Bugzilla to bar association". Linux.com. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  5. ^ "Berkman Center page". Cyber.law.harvard.edu. 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  6. ^ "Interview with CNet". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  7. ^ "Villa's election to Gnome Foundation Board". Mail.gnome.org. 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  8. ^ Phipps, Simon (2012-03-19). "OSI's new Board". OSI. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  9. ^ Masson, Patrick (2015-03-18). "OSI Board Meeting Minutes". OSI. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  10. ^ "Our mission". Tidelift. Retrieved 20 February 2018.

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