I first ran into Daniel B. Ravicher
on the Open Source Initiative
email list. He's a rarity: a young lawyer actively interested in and sympathetic to Open Source licensing. In fact, he wrote a detailed article
on this topic for the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology
last year while he was still in law school. Dan is now an associate at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP
, a firm that handles, among other things, business law and intellectual property matters. Who better to ask about Open Source under the law? (The usual attorney disclaimer applies, of course -- that Dan can only answer general law questions, and if you want specific legal advice you must directly engage an attorney yourself.) One question per post, please. Tomorrow we'll forward 10 of the highest moderated ones to Dan by email, and put up his answers as soon as we get them back.