Read Any Law Journals Lately?

Are you aware that among the large body of international law research there's some dedicated solely to the legal issues surrounding free and open source software? The International Free and Open Source Software Law Review covers topics ranging...

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Are you aware that among the large body of international law research there's some dedicated solely to the legal issues surrounding free and open source software? The International Free and Open Source Software Law Review covers topics ranging from licence interpretation to open standards to statuary changes and relevant case law. This leading, peer reviewed, academic treatment of legal issues in this field follows the principles it analyses and debates, making the review freely reproducible for commercial or non-commercial use. 

There have actually been multiple editions before; the seventh issue was just published. It makes surprisingly good reading and offers a good level of informed scholarship from actual practitioners. Each issue also includes a "Platform" section, where articles by authors outside the legal profession but with insights useful to legal practitioners can be found. In the latest issue for example a paper from Outercurve Foundation's Paula Hunter and Stephen Walli covers the lessons they have learned about open source foundations while establishing Outercurve. 

There are also book reviews, summaries of recent case law and discussions of open source legal theory. While many of us will consider the idea of a legal journal anathemic, IFOSSLR actually makes surprisingly interesting reading - give it a try!

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