Open Source Development Labs puts $4mn towards legal fighting fund

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has put down $4mn towards an initiative to offer legal support to free and open source software (FOSS) projects.

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) will be headed up by Open Source luminary and copyright lawyer Eben Moglen, sitting as chairman and director-counsel, along with two full-time IP lawyers. A further two full-timers will be recruited later in the year, as well a select few of the cream of recent graduates.

SFLC will offer free pro bono legal support to companies facing litigation over their Open Source activities, help in auditing software use to assess the risk of potential litigation and reviewing software use in terms of licensing and compatibility issues, as well as consulting and training services.

It will also seek to initiate a dialogue with the broader public and offer training to lawyers getting to grips with the GNU General Public Licence, under which Linux is distributed.

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