Groklaw under new management
Since it was set up in 2003, the Groklaw blog has been run by Pamela Jones, also known as PJ. The site became famous for taking on and documenting the twists and turns of SCO's Linux lawsuits. But last month, with SCO in its final days, she announced the battle was won and she was going to stop writing articles for Groklaw. Jones is stepping down from running the site, but, rather than let the site decay gracefully, she has announced Mark Webbink will be taking over Groklaw.
Webbink worked as Red Hat's first general counsel between 2000 and 2004 and as deputy general counsel for intellectual property from 2004 to 2007. Webbink is also a director of the Software Freedom Law Center and a Senior Lecturing Fellow with the Duke University School of Law.
Jones announced her decision in a posting on Groklaw saying that Webbink "will make Groklaw the place to go when you want to understand the law and all things FOSS". She explains that Webbink plans to get law students involved with Groklaw, from Duke and from the New York Law School where he is a visiting professor and oversees the Peer To Patent project. "Mark understood Groklaw very early on" says Jones, "I trust him. I like his vision for Groklaw very much." She closed her comments saying "So. It's now Groklaw 2.0, with Mark Webbink and a cast of thousands".
The H was lucky to get a Q&A with Jones on the occasion of her stepping down. In 'Groklaw â "The blog that made a difference"' she talks about what she's learnt from running Groklaw, the community that appeared around it and the legacy created.