This is good news, that Mark Webbink has joined the board of the Software Freedom Law Center. Good news for the FOSS community. For him, I think the idea of a laid back, restful retirement is now just a dream.
Mark Webbink Joins Board of Software Freedom Law Center - Software Freedom Law Center
Distinguished Free Software Lawyer to Advise Nonprofit Law Firm
The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC),
provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and
Open Source Software (FOSS), today announced that Mark Webbink has
joined its board of directors.
Webbink comes to SFLC from Red Hat, the premiere Linux and open source
vendor, where he served as its first general counsel beginning in
2000. In 2004, he became Red Hat's deputy general counsel for
intellectual property, a position he served in until his retirement in
August 2007. During his tenure with Red Hat, Webbink wrote and spoke
extensively on the subjects of open source software, software patents,
and patent reform.
Webbink is a Senior Lecturing Fellow with the Duke University School
of Law and consults with open source companies on their business
strategies. He holds a BA from Purdue University as well as a Master
of Public Administration and J.D. from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"During my time at Red Hat, I came to understand that open source
developers perform their best work when sound legal advice is
available to them," said Webbink. "I look forward to working with an
organization that provides this essential role to the Free and Open
Source Software community."
"Mark brings his exceptional experience and knowledge of FOSS
licensing and the enterprise marketplace to the SFLC at a critical
time in the software industry," said Eben Moglen, founding director of
SFLC. "I am grateful to Mark for putting his wisdom at the service of
our clients, for the good of everyone who makes, distributes or uses
Webbink will be introduced at SFLC's first annual Legal Summit for
Software Freedom at Columbia Law School in New York on Friday, October