Publication of Second Issue - International Free and Open Source Software Law Review

London, 28 January 2010

The Editorial Committee of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSS L. Rev.) is proud to announce the immediate availability of the publication's second issue.  IFOSS L. Rev. is a peer-reviewed biannual legal review dedicated to analysis and debate about Free and Open Source Software legal issues. It is published by an independent Editorial Committee. 

"IFOSSLR may be hard to pronounce, but it is easy to read, informative new publication. I look forward to future issues."
- William Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc.

"Exchange of ideas is the life principle of free software. This journal is a crucial part of the exchange of ideas making free software law."
- Eben Moglen, Software Freedom Law Centre

Volume 1, Issue 2 of the Review includes articles such as:
  • “Open Source Policies and Processes For In-Bound Software” by Karen F. Copenhaver
  • “Corporate Governance and Open Source” by Richard Kemp
  • “The Paris Court of Appeals GPL case” by Martin von Willebrand
  • “Trademarks in Open Source” by Tiki Dare and Harvey Anderson
  • “Standards, Competition and IP in Open Source” by Susanna Shepherd
  • “Back to the Future: IP and property rights” by Iain G. Mitchell Q.C.
In accordance with the principles of the Free and Open Source Software movement, IFOSS L. Rev. is available under a licence allowing it to be freely reproduced by individuals and organisations, commercial and non-commercial alike, provided that the content and authorship of the articles is respected.

Issue two is available without charge online at and in PDF format.

Background and Editorial Committee

The latest issue follows the highly successful launch of the inaugural issue in July 2009, and continues in the spirit of structured analysis and quality legal reportage established by the initial issue.

The publication's Editorial Committee is made up of members of the European Legal Network, a group founded by Free Software Foundation Europe in 2007 to connect legal experts engaging with FOSS. Today, the network is the world's largest community of lawyers and licensing specialists in the field, containing over 200 specialists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia.

Financing and support

The Editorial Committee of  IFOSS L. Rev. thanks the NLnet Foundation for administrative support, the Mozilla foundation for financial support, and the Free Software Foundation Europe for establishing the European Legal Network.  While none of these organisations has any editorial control over IFOSS L. Rev., their contribution is highly appreciated.


Andrew Katz, Editor: +44 (0) 7970 835001
Amanda Brock, Editor: +44 (0) 780 9389878

ISSN: 1877-6922