[Owasp-leaders] Reusing Presentation

Rogan Dawes rogan at dawes.za.net
Tue Dec 8 06:31:43 EST 2009

While the conferences may request/require that the material be
presented using their own templates, that still does not give the
conference the right to MODIFY those presentations, IMO.

My personal feeling is that, while presentations remain the IP of the
presenter, and it would be excessive to REQUIRE that presenters at
e.g. the OWASP conferences make their presentations freely available
in a reusable format such as PPT, where the presenter is a member of
OWASP, and is presenting on an OWASP related topic, it makes sense to
at least REQUEST that the presentation be made available for reuse by
other OWASP members who need to present on the same or a related

And to be honest, I think we are making too big a deal about this. In
99% of the cases where the presentation may have reuse-value, if you
contact the creator of the presentation and explain your use case, I'm
pretty sure that they will be happy to provide the source of the PDF.


 On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 1:14 PM, Ofer Maor <ofer.maor at owasp.org> wrote:
> I guess I see this differently, and also was under the impression this was
> different.
> Presentations, in many conferences, no longer remain the sole IP of the
> presenter. The conference organizers have the right to redistribute it and
> do a lot of things with it. Moreover, many conferences (including commercial
> ones such as RSA) require presenters to do the presentation in the
> conferences' template.
> As I understood from the past regarding OWASP (I'm quite positive that this
> was pointed out to be in AppSec 07 as well as in AppSec Israel, although my
> memory may be betraying me) - this was also the case with OWASP. i.e. -
> presentations in OWASP Templates, and speaker agrees for presentation
> reusage under the general OWASP terms.
> I think it is important to allow it - especially with our current model of
> chapters. Not every chapter can produce sufficient home grown materials, and
> reusing presentations from other conferences (with credit provided of
> course), is something I believe to be quite important to the nature of
> OWASP. I doubt most presenters will skip an opportunity to get the marketing
> oriented advantage of such conferences by requiring to give their
> presentation in PPT.
> Just my .02 dollar :)
> Ofer.

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