First, we provide creative, productive hackers insight on how to interact with the legal system—insofar as it affects the projects they work on—with a minimum of cost, fuss and risk.
The goal of this paper is to convince you to consider using FLOSS when you’re looking for software, using quantitive measures.
We at the Software Freedom Law Center are extremely fortunate because we get to provide legal assistance to some of the world’s leading free and open source software (FOSS) projects.
We are inspired by the hard work and commitment of FOSS developers to produce code that can be freely shared and modified, and it is our mission to help make sure that those developers have a legal environment which allows their work to flourish.
Old archived copies and a list of changes are also available.
Open Source Software / Free Software (aka OSS/FS), also described as Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS), has risen to great prominence.
An appendix gives more background information about OSS/FS. A short presentation (briefing) based on this paper is also available.