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An Update on the IFOSS Law Review and Announcing the IFOSS Law Book
Friday, July 01 2011 @ 09:00 AM EDT

We have written before about the International Free and Open Source Law Review, but it's worth getting an update as to what was in the last issue. I also want to make you aware of the latest publication coming out of the community of lawyers interested in free and open source software, the IFOSS Law Book.


The International Free and Open Source Law Review

The latest edition of the IFOSS Law Review (Vol. 2, No. 2) was published on February 3rd of this year. You can read some portions of it on-line, or you can download it in pdf. This edition contains all of the following articles:

It also includes two Platform articles (these articles are more technical or business focused than the regular articles):
And, finally, there is an editorial by Iain Mitchell discussing the emergence and evolution of the Law Review. All of this is worthwhile reading for those interested in learning and understanding more about open source. The best part is that it is all free. Back issues are also accesible.


The International Free and Open Source Law Book

Unlike the IFOSS Law Review, the IFOSS Law Book is intended

to become the place where legal experts confronted with a legal question under a foreign jurisdiction can turn for an understanding on how Free and Open Source Licenses are treated under that law. From this starting point, experts can seek specific information or seek the advice of a local legal counsel. In short, the IFOSS Law Book is positioned as a bench mark reference that helps people quickly contextualize the key issues in the field.
The book is available on-line, but a hard copy edition will also be publishing soon. We will provide information on that as it is available.

The book contains a short history on free and open software law and licensing, and then there are country by country chapters. The following chapters are presently available:

As with the IFOSS Law Review, the electronic version of the IFOSS Law Book is free of charge. The authors also welcome any feedback on how the book can be improved. Enjoy.

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