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14 July 2009, 12:23

Free/Open Source Law journal launched

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The first edition of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review
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.

The first edition looks at the workings of the Fiduciary Licence Agreement, how Peer-to-Patent worked and the implications of recent US appeals court decisions. There are also case law reports and relevant book reviews. Karen Copehaver, a partner at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, counsel to the Linux Foundation and author of one of the articles in the first edition, notes that "For many years the focus in the legal community has been on raising questions about free and open source software licences and development models. With this journal we have turned the page and begun to focus on the answers."


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