Open source legal: Baptism by immersion

The Software Freedom Law Center is offering an immersion program for practicing attorneys so that they can gain a deeper understanding of open source licensing issues. is reporting on a great new program offered by the Software Freedom Law Center, called the "Open Source Law Immersion Program." It's designed to give practicing attorneys the information they need to successfully grok open source (maybe so that they don't come up with "No open source" clauses in their licenses.

The Software Freedom Law Center is now inviting applications for a resident legal experience designed for practicing lawyers interested in learning more about open source software through direct on-site exposure to SFLC's open source software law practice. Positions are somewhat flexible in scope and duration: SFLC will work with applicants to design a program lasting approximately 2-4 weeks. Positions are available year round and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are expected to have some familiarity with open source software.

I wish SFLC would have offered this program after I graduated from law school. It would have been a great way to move from basic understanding to a more sophisticated, nuanced understanding of open source in a relatively short period of time.

For all those of you who think your in-house or outside counsel could do with some open source education, here's your chance. Send them the link. :-)

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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