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FTF releases legal infrastructure guide for Free Software projects

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2009-01-23, Zurich, Graeme West, FSFE.

FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF) is pleased to announce the release of a guide to assist with establishing legal infrastructure for Free Software projects.

The guide gives tips on how Free Software projects can consolidate their legal position. It includes information about setting up legal entities, dealing with copyright issues, managing trademarks, and best practices for project management.

"When projects start to become successful, it's important for their members to consider what structures will scale successfully, be compatible with the founding principles, and protect the integrity of the project community", says Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator. "This guide provides a starting point for internal debate, and can help projects prepare a description of their requirements for consultation with experts."

"Every project is different, but all can benefit from ensuring they have a sound legal basis", explains Graeme West, FTF Intern. The guide was authored by FTF staff in consultation with members of the FTF European Legal Network. It is available as part of the newly redesigned FTF web site, where other guides on topics like licence compliance can also be found.

The guide can be found at this location.

About the Freedom Task Force

The Freedom Task Force is an activity run by Free Software Foundation Europe to help people understand Free Software licensing and the opportunities it presents. We offer educational services, facilitate larger infrastructure activities and manage FSFE's legal affairs. Our goals are to share knowledge about Free Software law, to safeguard the interests of Free Software projects, to connect experts in this field and to help other groups achieve similar goals. We believe in positive, constructive dialogue and seek at all times to support the long-term sustainability of Free Software.

The FTF's homepage can be found at http://www.fsfeurope.org/ftf and you can contact us via email: ftf @ fsfeurope.org

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Press contact: Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator, FSFE extension: 408

About the Free Software Foundation Europe

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and involved in many global activities. Access to software determines participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study, modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSFE.

You will find further information about the work of the FSFE at http://www.fsfeurope.org/.

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