As a law student doing my thesis on open-source licensing (PDF), it was nearly impossible to find any substantive legal papers on the topic. In fact, the only one I can remember is Ira Heffan's excellent "Copyleft: Licensing Collaborative Works in the Digital Age" from Stanford Law Review in 1997.
It's about time.
The journal is peer-reviewed by an editorial committee made up of members of the European Legal Network which, despite its name, actually includes legal experts from all over the globe. A few of the better-known names include Andrew Katz, Amanda Brock (Canonical), Mark Webbink (former general counsel at Red Hat), and Lawrence Rosen (noted author and author of the Open Source License). The journal will be released biannually.
As companies like Qualcomm seek lawyers with deep open-source expertise, journals like the IFOSSLR are critical to elevating the depth and breadth of open-source analysis, moving it well beyond the intellectual battleground of opposing ideologues.
The first issue is now available online. As Glyn Moody notes, despite the legal nature of the journal, its contents are genuinely interesting--fascinating at times--and relevant to anyone in the business or development of open-source software.
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