Software Freedom Law Center to Host Legal Summit

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-07-18 Print this article Print

The SFLC, a group that provides pro bono legal services to protect and advance free and open-source software, plans to hold a summit. (Linux-Watch)

A few years ago, the idea that savvy developers and IT professionals would need to know anything about intellectual property law would have been dismissed as a bad joke. Oh, certainly, there were arguments from time to time over fine points in the GPL Version 2, but for the most part, it didnt matter. Then along came SCO with its lawsuit against IBM and its challenges to the legality of Linux, and everything changed.
Click here to read about how the Software Freedom Law Center came to Microsofts aid by supporting the software giants appeal of a patent decision.
So its good news that the SFLC (Software Freedom Law Center), a group of lawyers that provides pro bono legal services to protect and advance FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software), announced on July 18 that it would be hosting the first Legal Summit for Software Freedom on Oct. 12. In 2007, its not just attorneys who need to know the basics of IP law. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Software Freedom Law Center to Host Legal Summit Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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