New Legal Center for Open Source Projects
February 1, 2005 Leave a comment
The Software Freedom Law Center has been established to “provide legal representation and other law related services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software”. From the article:
“The Law Center is being established to provide legal services to protect the legitimate rights and interests of free and open-source software projects and developers, who often do not have the means to secure the legal services they need,” Moglen said in a statement.
Overseeing the Software Freedom Law Center will be Moglen; Diane Peters, OSDL's general counsel; Daniel Weitzner, the principal research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; and Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford law professor and author. A nice list of reps indeed. With such a small initial staff, a lot of case work may be unlikely, but this is yet another step (and there seem to be a lot of them lately) in Open Source growing up. In somewhat related news, OSDL recently hired Samba creator Andrew Tridgell and said the same $10 million legal defense fund that will be used to defend Torvalds from legal attack will extend to Tridgell as well. Nice!