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  4. <title>FTF releases legal infrastructure guide for Free Software projects</title>
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  7. <h1>FTF releases legal infrastructure guide for Free Software projects</h1>
  8. <p>2009-01-23, Zurich, Graeme West, FSFE.</p>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF) is pleased to announce the release of a
  10. guide to assist with establishing legal infrastructure for Free Software
  11. projects.</p>
  12. <p><a href="/activities/ftf/building-legal-infrastructure.html">The guide</a> gives tips on how Free Software projects can consolidate
  13. their legal position. It includes information about setting up legal
  14. entities, dealing with copyright issues, managing trademarks, and best
  15. practices for project management.</p>
  16. <p>"When projects start to become successful, it's important for their
  17. members to consider what structures will scale successfully, be
  18. compatible with the founding principles, and protect the integrity of
  19. the project community", says Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator. "This
  20. guide provides a starting point for internal debate, and can help
  21. projects prepare a description of their requirements for consultation
  22. with experts."</p>
  23. <p>"Every project is different, but all can benefit from ensuring they
  24. have a sound legal basis", explains Graeme West, FTF Intern. The guide
  25. was authored by FTF staff in consultation with members of the FTF
  26. European Legal Network. It is available as part of the <a href="/activities/ftf">newly redesigned
  27. FTF web site</a>, where other guides on topics like licence compliance
  28. can also be found.</p>
  29. <p>The guide can be found <a href="/activities/ftf/building-legal-infrastructure.html">at this location</a>.</p>
  30. <h2>About the Freedom Task Force</h2>
  31. <p>The Freedom Task Force is an activity run by Free Software Foundation
  32. Europe to help people understand Free Software licensing and the
  33. opportunities it presents. We offer educational services, facilitate
  34. larger infrastructure activities and manage FSFE's legal affairs.
  35. Our goals are to share knowledge about Free Software law, to
  36. safeguard the interests of Free Software projects, to connect
  37. experts in this field and to help other groups achieve similar goals.
  38. We believe in positive, constructive dialogue and seek at all times
  39. to support the long-term sustainability of Free Software.</p>
  40. <p>The FTF's homepage can be found at <a
  41. href="http://www.fsfeurope.org/ftf">http://www.fsfeurope.org/ftf</a> and you can contact us via email: ftf @ fsfeurope.org</p>
  42. <p>You can phone us at</p>
  43. <ul>
  44. <li>Belgium: +32 2 747 03 57 Ext. 22</li>
  45. <li>Germany: +49 700 373 38 76 73 Ext. 22</li>
  46. <li>Sweden: +46 31 7802160 Ext. 22</li>
  47. <li>Switzerland: +41 43 500 03 66 Ext. 22</li>
  48. <li>UK: +44 29 200 08 17 7 Ext. 22</li>
  49. </ul>
  50. <p>Press contact: Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator, FSFE extension: 408</p>
  51. <h2>About the Free Software Foundation Europe</h2>
  52. <p>The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit non-governmental
  53. organisation active in many European countries and involved in many global
  54. activities. Access to software determines participation in a digital society.
  55. To secure equal participation in the information age, as well as freedom of
  56. competition, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is
  57. dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use,
  58. study, modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues,
  59. securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people Freedom by
  60. supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSFE.</p>
  61. <p>You will find further information about the work of the FSFE at <a
  62. href="http://www.fsfeurope.org/">http://www.fsfeurope.org/</a>.</p>
  63. <h2>Contact</h2>
  64. <ul>
  65. <li>Belgium: +32 2 747 03 57</li>
  66. <li>Germany: +49 700 373 38 76 73</li>
  67. <li>Sweden: +46 31 7802160</li>
  68. <li>Switzerland: +41 43 500 03 66</li>
  69. <li>UK: +44 29 200 08 17 7</li>
  70. </ul>
  71. <p><a href="/contact/contact.html">Other ways to get in touch</a> with the
  72. FSFE.</p>
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