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[News] Call for Papers on Legal Free Software Matters

  • Subject: [News] Call for Papers on Legal Free Software Matters
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2010 08:47:10 +0000
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[International Free and Open Source Software Law Review:] Call for papers

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| The International Free and Open Source 
| Software Law Review (IFOSS L. Rev. or 
| IFOSSLR) is a collaborative legal 
| publication aiming to increase knowledge 
| and understanding among lawyers about Free 
| and Open Source Software issues.  It is 
| the first publication to focus 
| specifically on this field, and its 
| independent Editorial Committee is seeking 
| submissions from qualified authors in a 
| variety of research areas.
| The topics covered by the publication 
| include copyright, licence implementation, 
| licence interpretation, patents applicable 
| to software and business methods, 
| standards applicable to software, case 
| law, statutory changes, license 
| enforcement, competition law applicable to 
| software, economics analysis, business 
| models and due diligence.
| Issue 3 of IFOSS L. Rev. will be released 
| on June 8th 2010.  To be considered for 
| inclusion in this issue articles must be 
| submitted by April 1st.



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| I recently had to sign a "Non-Disclosure 
| Agreement" (NDA) for the first time in a 
| long while, and I thought I would write 
| about how an NDA might or might not fit in 
| with Free and Open Source Software.
| One of the main ideas of FOSS is to share 
| information, and we encourage both 
| programmers and vendors to share as much 
| information as possible.
| Sometimes a vendor shares some information 
| with developers, and the vendor's words 
| "we think we are going to do this" becomes 
| misconstrued as "we are going to do this". 
| Then people get upset when (perhaps a year 
| later) the "promise" never materializes. 



Release of IFOSSLR

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| Today marks the (soft) launch of a new journal dedicated to Free and Open
| Source Software legal issues (a âhardâ launch with printed copies is
| happening in London on Wednesday).   The  International Free and Open Source
| Software Law Review is an initiative of the freedom taskforce run  by FSF
| Europe.   I am on the editorial panel and am also happy to take credit for
| initially floating the idea of having a journal.  I am also happy to praise
| the enormous effort that has gone into putting the law review together by the
| other members of the editorial committee and to the sponsors for supporting
| it.


Free/Open Source Law journal launched

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| A new legal journal has been launched that deals specifically with issues
| around free and open source software. The "International Free and Open Source
| Software Law Review" (IFOSSLR) is a bi-annual peer reviewed publication. The
| editorial committee is made up of members of the European Legal Network, a
| group of legal experts founded by the Free Software Foundation Europe in
| 2007.

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