Gnome hires open-source law group

The Gnome Foundation has retained the services of the Software Freedom Law Center, a nonprofit firm that tackles legal issues involving the open-source and free-software movement. The foundation oversees the GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) graphical user interface that's widely used on Linux computers.

"With proper legal advice, open-source projects can lessen potential legal risks to users, developers and distributors of the software," the foundation said in a statement Tuesday.

The SFLC chairman is Eben Moglen, a Columbia University law professor who also represents the Free Software Foundation.

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