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This page contains all the rules governing the LN.
It is intended mostly for LN members or prospective members that what to know how to do something.
<title>The Legal Network - Rules and procedures</title>
<p id="category"><a href="/activities/ln/ln.html">The Legal Network</a></p>
<h1>Rules for the Legal Network</h1>
<div id="introduction">
The Legal Network fosters a productive, cooperative discourse
in a private setting, enabling the members to discuss legal
questions away from contentious public debate. To be true to
this objective, participants should be free to express bold,
innovative ideas while feeling safe from judgment and personal
Since the inception of the Legal Network, a set of rules and
practices has emerged and is always evolving to account for its
increasing size, as well as the complexities of the interactions
that take place within it. Some of these rules have became
crucial to allow the discussions to be productive, others are
simply good practices that facilitate our work.
Respect for the Code of Conduct and the Chatham House Rule is
ensured by the FSFE. Please report breaches as soon as they
happen to the Legal Coordinator as soon as they happen, so that
appropriate measures can be taken in accordance with our <a
href="#substantial-rules">substantial regulation</a> and <a
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<h2 id="substantial-rules">Behaviour on the Legal Network</h2>
To ensure that freedom of expression and peace of mind are
available to all those engaging in the discussions, the Legal
Network requires their members to abide to its <a
href="#coc">Code of Conduct</a>, which extends to the Legal
Network mailing list and all Legal Network events. To allow
participants a greater degree of independence and encourage them
to propose bold ideas, any communication on the Legal Network
mailing list and at Legal Network events is also <a
href="#chr">protected</a> by the <a
House Rule</a>.
In order to keep discussion flowing and to maintain community and
focus, all public facing contributions on the Legal Network
mailing list are moderated by the FSFE, in accordance with
our <a href="/activities/ln/modpolicy.html">Etiquette and
Moderation guidelines</a>. Procedures on how to deal with breaches of the Legal Network's Code of Conduct can be found <a href="/activities/ln/ln-procedures.html">here</a>.
<h3 id="coc">The Legal Network Code of Conduct</h3>
The Legal Network and its associated events are intended for
professional non-partisan networking and collaboration in the
Free Software community. Participants are expected to behave
with courtesy and according to professional standards suitable
for the widest international audience. Participants should at
all times feel at ease expressing their own opinions on any
relevant subject they feel is worth being considered by other
members, without fearing any form of attack, reprisal or
While on the FSFE IT infrastructure made available for the
Legal Network (e.g. mailing lists, wiki) and at its events or
related professional or social networking opportunities,
participants shall not engage in discriminatory, disparaging or
offensive speech or actions, including as to gender, sexuality,
race, nationality, religion or profession, and in particular
regarding any other member of the Network. Speakers should be
especially aware of these concerns.
Neither the FSFE nor the Legal Network tolerate or condone any
statements or actions by participants contrary to these
standards. The FSFE reserves the right to deny
entrance and/or eject from an event (without refund) or its IT
infrastructure (e.g. mailing lists, wiki) any individual whom
it considers to be in breach of this code of conduct, even in
private settings or non-Legal Network media such as blogs or
public forums, when related to discussions that happened on the
Legal Network or at its events, or in relation to its members
as such.
Please bring any concerns to the immediate attention of the <a
href="/about/team.html">Legal Coordinator</a>, detailing the
events and possibly providing a reference to any recording<a
class="fn" id="ref-1" href="#fn-1">1</a> of the facts.
Unless explicitly otherwise stated for specific communication
or where the relevant parties agree to being identified, the
Legal Network and its associated events are held under the
Chatham House Rule<a class="fn" id="ref-2" href="#fn-2">2</a>.
Participants are free to use the information received, but
neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor
that of any other participant, may be revealed.
<h3 id="chr">The Chatham House Rule</h3>
When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham
House Rule, participants are free to use the information
received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the
speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.
<a href="">The Chatham House Rule</a>
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<h2 id="procedures">Procedures for the Legal Network</h2>
Several procedures are in place to deal with breaches of the
Code of Conduct, joining the Legal Network, or creating additional
More information about the procedures that are in place to deal with a breach of the Legal Network's Code of Conduct can be found <a href="/activities/ln/ln-procedures.html">here</a>.
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<h3 id="join">Joining the Legal Network</h3>
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Given the high level of confidentiality of some discussions,
admission to (and continued membership in) the Legal Network is
subject to the approval of the F and depends on the respect of
the <a href="#substantial-rules">Legal Network regulations</a>.
Successful applicants will have profound expertise in legal
matters pertaining to Free Software, and will join the Network in
order to share their knowledge with their peers from around the
world. While some members are indeed affiliated with prominent
companies or organisations, this does not constitute a factor in
assessing membership, which is awarded on a personal basis.
The Legal Network thrives in the diversity of its members. As
such, there is a particular interest in welcoming new experts
from the geographical areas that are currently under-represented
(i.e. Eastern European countries, the Baltic states, Asia, South
America and Africa).
<!-- Procedure -->
If you would like to join or to propose someone as a Legal
Network member, please <a
href="/activities/ln/application.html">use our application
<h3 id="creating-sigs">Creating a Special Interest Group</h3>
Any member of the Legal Network can propose the creation of a
Special Interest Group on a new topic by simply contacting the <a
href="/about/team.html">Legal Coordinator</a> or by
declaring such interest directly on the Legal Network
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<h3 id="breaches">Breaches of regulation</h3>
The respect of the Code of Conduct and the Chatham House Rule is
ensured by the FSFE. In the event of a breach of these rules,
depending on the gravity of the breach and its circumstances, the
FSFE will decide what actions should be taken, with the advice of
the Legal Network Council.
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<h2 id="fn">Footnotes</h2>
<li id="fn-1">Such as e-mails, blogs, news, conference proceedings, papers…<a href="#ref-1" class="ref">&#8617;</a></li>
<li id="fn-2"><a href="">The Chatham House Rule</a>. See also the <a href="">dedicated Wikipedia page</a>.<a href="#ref-2" class="ref">&#8617;</a></li>
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