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European Parliament's Policy Department to study free software

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The European Parliament's Policy Department is planning a workshop on the 'legal impact of the use of free and open source software'. The department will invite legal specialists to brief the members of the European Parliament on this type of software solution.

The Policy Department is organising the workshop on the request of the Legal Affairs Committee. This committee deals with European and international, civil and private law. It also focusses on competition issues, questions regarding protection of intellectual and industrial property and on Europe's internal market.

The committee decided on the workshop in its meeting of 10 October.

No coincidence
The EP's workshop will take place next summer, possibly in July. The meeting could then coincide with the Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre. The RMLL is an annual conference that normally takes place in France. For 2013 the organisers are considering Brussels as one of the options. A proposal was submitted to host the 14th RMLL from 6 to 11 July 2013 at the Free University of Brussels. That is the same location as the annual Fosdem conference, taking place in February.

The same summer will see the publication as open source of At4am, software for authoring and management of amendments on parliamentary texts.

More information:
Legal Affairs committee meeting minutes
RMLL 2012
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