Since 2001 the FSFE has been enhancing users' rights by abolishing barriers for software freedom. For 20 years we have been helping individuals and organisations to understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination.

For the next two decades we need your help. We want everyone to be able to control their technology. Free Software and its freedoms to use, study, share, and improve are the key to that goal.

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The FSFE's Licence Questions Mailing List

The FSFE’s License Questions mailing list is our group of volunteers dedicated to provide help with Free Software licenses and compliance.

If you need advice on what Free Software licence you should use, or if you want to know more about what rights you have over a piece of Free Software, see if our FAQs on Free Software Legal and Licensing issues can help you to address your issue. If you need more help than the FAQ can provide, please contact us by sending a message to licence-questions@fsfe.org. While the members of the Licence Questions mailing list come from a variety of different countries and different backgrounds, to ensure that you get a faster reply, it is advisable to write in English, as that is the language in which the internal discussions are held.

Please understand that, as an NGO, the FSFE is neither in a position nor allowed to give legal advice. If that is what your situation requires, we will be glad to use the FSFE’s extensive legal contacts1 to point you to a specialised lawyer in your jurisdiction.

The Licence Questions mailing list is composed of around 20 volunteers that are experts in Free Software legal matters selected directly by FSFE. We consider the information shared in such list confidential and we will not share it with anyone outside this list.

Due to high levels of spam, we have to moderate all incoming messages. If you receive a warning after posting to the list, please ignore it: your email will be accepted by our moderator shortly after. Once an enquiry reaches the list, our experts discuss it internally; this might take different amounts of time depending on the complexity of the question. When the list reaches a general consensus, we will write you directly with our answer.

How to join

If you have some experience with copyright issues and would like to join our group of volunteers, please write a short introduction to the Legal Coordinator at the FSFE.

Footnotes

  1. The FSFE has extensive legal contacts in Europe, and can help locate legal experts in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The FSFE can also provide introductions to experts in Australia, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA.