|| ||Jim Garrison <garrison-AT-softwarefreedom.org>|
|| ||GNOME Foundation Retains Software Freedom Law Center|
|| ||Tue, 20 Mar 2007 10:00:04 -0400|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GNOME Foundation Retains Software Freedom Law Center
Nonprofit law firm will provide legal advice to important open source
NEW YORK, March 20, 2007 -- The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC),
provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and
Open Source Software, today announced the addition of a new client,
the GNOME Foundation. The GNOME Foundation supports the development of
the open source GNOME Desktop Environment, a user interface used by
millions of people around the world and distributed with all major
versions of Linux and Unix.
"We are excited to have retained the services of the Software Freedom
Law Center," said Anne Ãstergaard, Vice Chair of the GNOME Foundation
Board. "As SFLC's client, we now have access to legal advice from
trusted professionals who devote their full attention to Free and Open
As a client of SFLC, the GNOME Foundation can receive advice regarding
a variety of legal issues, including patent and trademark issues.
"GNOME is one of the most important projects for everyday users of
free software systems," said James Vasile, SFLC Counsel. "I am pleased
to welcome the GNOME Foundation as SFLC's client."
With proper legal advice, open source projects can lessen potential
legal risks to users, developers, and distributors of the software.
In the past, the Software Freedom Law Center has offered the GNOME
Foundation strategic advice through its seat on the GNOME Foundation's
Advisory Board. SFLC will continue to serve in this capacity, in
addition to offering direct legal advice to GNOME.
About the Software Freedom Law Center
The Software Freedom Law Center -- chaired by Eben Moglen, one of the
world's leading experts on copyright law as applied to software --
provides legal representation and other law-related services to
protect and advance Free and Open Source Software. The Law Center is
dedicated to assisting non-profit open source developers and projects.
For criteria on eligibility and to apply for assistance, please
contact the Law Center directly or visit the Web at
About the GNOME Foundation
Comprised of hundreds of volunteer developers and industry-leading
companies, the GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to
supporting the advancement of GNOME. The Foundation is a member
directed, non-profit organization that provides financial,
organizational and legal support to the GNOME project and helps
determine its vision and roadmap. More information on the GNOME
Foundation can be found at foundation.gnome.org.
Public Relations Coordinator
Software Freedom Law Center
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