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SFLC to Host Legal Summit for Software Freedom

Meeting Will Bring Together Prominent Lawyers of the Free and Open Source Software Community and Provide Free Legal Education to the Public

July 18, 2007

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today announced it will host the first Annual Legal Summit for Software Freedom this fall. The Summit will have two parts: a closed session in the morning for a private meeting of the world's foremost FOSS attorneys, and an open session in the afternoon consisting of free legal presentations to the public.

"By hosting the Legal Summit, we intend to bring together leading attorneys in the Software Freedom community to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern," said Eben Moglen, Executive Director of SFLC. "We also intend to welcome other lawyers and interested members of the public to the Summit by giving a series of presentations on the most important FOSS-related legal topics."

The Summit will be held Friday, October 12, at Columbia Law School in New York. The public portion will begin at 2:00 pm and include legal presentations by Eben Moglen, Dan Ravicher, Richard Fontana, James Vasile, Karen Sandler and Matt Norwood, each of whom are attorneys at SFLC. Topics to be covered include licensing, copyright, patents and trademarks, as well as corporate issues related to Software Freedom. Continuing Legal Education credit for New York is being sought.

The Summit is free, but pre-registration is requested for the public session. More information, including how to register, is available at http://www.softwarefreedom.org/summit/

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