FSFE Legal

About FSFE's Legal Work

FSFE is committed to helping individuals, projects, businesses and government agencies find Free Software legal information, experts and support. We do this by providing compliance, best practice, procurement and governance resources in-house, in partnership with our associate organisations and through our extensive network of contacts. Our mission is to spread knowledge, solve problems and encourage the long-term growth of Free Software. We are delighted to help you as part of this.

Supporting Compliance

FSFE provides support to users, vendors, and government agencies regarding commercial and non-commercial use of Free Software. We also help people who want to report a licence violation by addressing compliance issues in the market in partnership with gpl-violations.org.

Supporting Best Practice

FSFE supports best practice for projects, companies and government agencies using Free Software by encouraging information-sharing, hosting events and answering questions directly.

Supporting Governance

FSFE provides one-to-one consultancy for projects and business about management processes, development policies and organizational structures that support Free Software.

Supporting Procurement

FSFE provides one-to-one consultancy to government agencies about procurement and public tender approaches that allow fair competition, choice and access for Free Software.

Networking Experts

FSFE facilitates the world's largest private, neutral network of legal experts in the field of Free Software licensing. This network drives discussions and develops knowledge around licensing and legal issues, providing a unique forum for driving maturity. We also run the European Legal Network Conference, a yearly event for debating, discussing and sharing knowledge about the current market situation and projected future for Free Software licenses.

Sharing Knowledge

FSFE maintains a collection of documentation on Free Software Legal and Licensing topics. It also produces guides and handbooks.

Developing Infrastructure

FSFE also provides educational outreach and copyright fiduciary programme services for Free Software Projects.

You can contact FSFE regarding legal issues by sending a message to licence-questions@lists.fsfe.org.
English is our preferred language, though we can accept and translate other languages as required.

Free Software Foundation Europe
Schönhauser Allee 6/7, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49-30-27595290