Though not a "software project", Openlaw is an experiment in crafting legal argument in an open forum, headed up by Wendy Seltzer of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Openlaw develops arguments, draft pleadings, and edit briefs in public, online. Non-lawyers and lawyers alike are invited to join the process by adding thoughts to the mailing lists, "brainstorm" outlines, drafting and commenting on drafts in progress, and suggesting reference sources.
Building on the model of open source software, we are working from the hypothesis that an open development process best harnesses the distributed resources of the Internet community. By using the Internet, we hope to enable the public interest to speak as loudly as the interests of corporations. Openlaw is therefore a large project built through the coordinated effort of many small (and not so small) contributions.
Accomplishments in the DeCSS cases include submitting an amicus brief, and a reply comment on the DMCA to the Copyright Office, as well as working closely with the EFF and defense team through our dvd-discuss mailing list.
The Eldred v. Reno case is working it's way through appeal, with legal briefs being filed.
License: Public Domain
This project has the following developers:
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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If you're a C programmer with some spare time, take a look at the mod_virgule project page and help us with one of the tasks on the ToDo list!