SFLC Offers Guide to Legal Issues in Open Source

Lora Bentley

As the reach of open source in the enterprise continues to grow, via acquisitions, partnerships or other arrangements, so does the number of legal questions open source development, use and distribution raise. Thursday, the Software Freedom Law Center released a new publication that it hopes will answer many of those questions.


According to the SFLC Web site, "A Legal Issues Primer for Open Source and Free Software Projects" (.pdf) covers issues from copyrights, licensing and patents to project organizational structure. Those who attended SFLC's Legal Summit for Software Freedom in October of last year received an early version of the guide, but it has since been revised.


SFLC attorney James Vasile says:

By publishing this guide, we hope to share our knowledge, just as free software developers do when they share their creations with the world. I take great pride in this work put together by my colleagues, and I expect that it will be especially useful to developers of free software.

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