[nycbug-talk] development/IP/opensource/freesource articles

george at rob.us.to george
Thu Jun 2 19:01:14 EDT 2005

I guess Professor Moglen, Esq. is gearing up his legal clinic for free
software.  I posted something about this in February to the list.  I
don't recall a web site in the article but today I saw a job posting
on idealist.org for an office manager at the clinic which cited his
web site, softwarefreedom.org.

Below is a screen dump from the team members page:

Some tidbits too:

Members: Eben Moglen (FSF), 
	 Diane M. Peters (who worked for the 'Law and Economics' 7th 
                          Federal Judicial Circuit), 
         Lawrence Lessig, Daniel
         Daniel J. Weitzner (CDT,EFF), 
         Daniel B. Ravicher (Echoing Green Foundation PUBPAT grantee), 
         Bradley M. Kuhn (not a lawyer)

"We provide legal representation and other law related services to
 protect and advance Free and Open Source Software."

-george m

Ps. I really enjoyed the meeting too: thanks George and Phillip

[frdm] Software Freedom Law Center

(212) 580-0800 tel
(212) 854-7946 fax
help at softwarefreedom.org

Board of Directors

Eben Moglen, Chairman

Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School and
General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation. In addition to FSF, Professor
Moglen has represented many of the world's leading Free Software developers.
Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University
during what he sometimes calls his "long, dark period" in New Haven. After law
school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court
in New York City and to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme
Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School ? and has held visiting
appointments at Harvard University, Tel-Aviv University and the University of
Virginia ? since 1987. In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier
Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic

Diane M. Peters, Director

General Counsel of Open Source Development Labs ("OSDL"), the central body
dedicated to accelerating the use of Linux for enterprise computing. As General
Counsel, Ms. Peters is responsible for all of OSDL's legal operations and
affairs, including overseeing legal affairs for OSDL's operations in Japan and
China. Prior to joining OSDL, Ms. Peters practiced law at Ater Wynne LLP in
Portland. Ms. Peters earned a B.A. in political science from Grinnell College
in 1986, and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1989, where she
served as an executive editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly. After
law school, Ms. Peters clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th
Circuit in Chicago.

Lawrence Lessig, Director

Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Center for
Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman
Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Lessig was also a fellow at
the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and a Professor at the University of Chicago
Law School. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of
Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Lessig earned a BA in economics and a BS in management from the
University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from

Daniel J. Weitzner, Director

Director of the World Wide Web Consortium's ("W3C") Technology and Society
activities where he is responsible for development of technology standards that
enable the web to address social, legal, and public policy concerns such as
privacy, free speech, security, protection of minors, authentication,
intellectual property and identification. Mr. Weitzner holds an appointment as
Principal Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial
Intelligence Laboratory and teaches Internet public policy at MIT. Prior to
joining the W3C, Mr. Weitzner was co-founder and Deputy Director of the Center
for Democracy and Technology, a leading Internet civil liberties organization
in Washington, DC. He was also Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic
Frontier Foundation. Mr. Weitzner has a degree in law from Buffalo Law School,
and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College.


Eben Moglen, Director-Counsel

See above under Board of Directors.

Daniel B. Ravicher, Legal Director

Executive Director and Founder of the Public Patent Foundation ("PUBPAT"),
Senior Counsel to the Free Software Foundation ("FSF") and a registered patent
attorney. A significant portion of Mr. Ravicher's practice involves Free and
Open Source Software legal issues, most particularly licensing and patent
counseling. In addition to representing FSF and other clients on these matters,
Mr. Ravicher has published numerous legal articles and given dozens of
presentations regarding both Free and Open Source Software legal issues and
patent law. Prior to founding PUBPAT, Mr. Ravicher was associated with Skadden,
Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP, and
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP, all in New York, and served the
Honorable Randall R. Rader, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ravicher received his law degree from
the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was the Franklin O. Blechman
Scholar for his class, a Mortimer Caplin Public Service Award recipient and
Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, and his bachelors degree
in materials science magna cum laude with University Honors from the University
of South Florida.

Bradley M. Kuhn, Chief Technology Officer

Bradley M. Kuhn began his work in the Free Software Movement as a volunteer for
the Free Software Foundation (FSF) in the mid-1990s. In 1992, he became an
early adopter of the popular GNU/Linux operating system, and over the years he
has contributed to numerous Free Software projects. He worked during the 1990s
as a system administrator and software development consultant on Free Software
systems for both large companies such Westinghouse and Lucent Technologies, as
well as numerous small companies. He also spent one year teaching Advanced
Placement Computer Science, using GNU/Linux and GCC, at Walnut Hills High
School in Cincinnati. In early 2000, he was hired to work for FSF, and he
served as its Executive Director from March 2001 until March 2005. Kuhn holds a
summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola College in Maryland, and
an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. His Master's
thesis discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of Free Software

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