Legal aspects of free and open source software COMPILATION OF BRIEFING NOTES - 2013-07-09
participants: Eben Moglen, Ian Sullivan, Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz, Calro Piana, Rishab Ghosh, Philippe Laurent
Carlo Piana - 2013-07-09: “A primer on Free Software licensing I wrote, in the briefing papers of the Workshop at EU Parliament. Go an read it. [...] I hope it’s useful, especially for those who are not really conversant with the matter and need some solid, yet simple, explanation. There is too much rubbish around.”
Legal aspects of free and open source software COMPILATION OF BRIEFING NOTES - 2013-07-09 [Pdf]
The public drafting and discussion of GPLv3 in 2006-07 was a landmark in nongovernmental transnational lawmaking. Free and open source software production communities are held together by copyright licensing, as are free cultural production communities like Wikipedia. Their efforts to improve those licenses—to increase their utility in multiple legal systems, to take account of technical and economic changes in the field, and to increase their efficiency of operation and enforcement—are among the most important examples of genuinely democratic, participatory law-making that we have experienced so far in the 21st century. In the interest of improving both the European Parliament’s access to the details of this particular process, and to assist it in self-scrutiny, with respect to its extraordinary consistency in missing its opportunities in this area, Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) submits the records of this process, which it assisted its client, the Free Software Foundation, to design and execute.