It is a “peer reviewed” publication, whose aim is to offer a sound and detached vision of the legal and social phenomenon of Free Software. It hosts voices from people with legal, economical and on-the-field background. The review is governed in a non partisan way by an editorial committee of fifteen members that partly rotate at each issue. I have been in the panel for the first issue, and possibly will serve as a member for the second one.
Any contribution is welcome and will be passed through an impartial evaluation by the international standard and practices.
The official press release follows.
Contacts: Andrew Katz, Editor: 07970 835001Amanda Brock, Editor: 0780 9389878LAUNCH of INTERNATIONAL FREE and OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE LAW REVIEWEditorial Committee, International Free and Open Source Software Law Review, London.London, 13 July 2009.Today sees the launch of a prestigious new legal Journal which aims to bring the highest standards to bear in analysis and comment on all aspects of Free and Open Source software.The 'International Free and Open Source Software Law Review' (IFOSSLR) is a peer reviewed biannual journal for high-level analysis and debate about Free and Open Source Software legal issues and is published by an independent Editorial Committee.Free and Open Source Software has increasingly come to challenge traditional concepts of intellectual property and collaboration by allowing every user to use, study, share and and improve code, facilitating the creation of elegant and effective software that now lies at the heart of the mainstream technology industry. IFOSSLR aims to foster increased understanding and promote best practice for all parties engaging with this approach to licensing.Welcoming this initiative, Karen Copenhaver, Partner Choate Hall & Stewart LLP and counsel to the Linux Foundation commented: “There are many reasons why The International Free and Open Source Software Law Review will be warmly received in legal circles, in the free and open source community and in the wider software industry. For many years the focus in the legal community has been on raising questions about free and open source software licenses and development models. With this journal we have turned the page and begun to focus on the answers. It is rewarding to see lawyers adopting collaborative models to share knowledge and work product, arrive at common understandings, and further the development of the necessary legal ecosystem around free and open source software. It is also significant that this international journal reflects the global community that has formed around these models. My congratulations and thanks go to the editorial board that worked so well together to create this valuable resource.”In concord with the aims of the Free and Open Source Software movement, IFOSSLR will be available printed and on-line under a licence allowing it to be freely reproduced by individuals and organisations, commercial and non-commercial alike, provided that the content and authorship of the articles is respected.The first issue is now available on the Internet to be read and downloaded without charge at www.ifosslr.org. Paper copies can also be ordered via the website.