Marty “The Trademark Blog” Schwimmer is one of the few lawyers I know whogets the Open Source philosophy, its implications and its applications.
In his post, “Let’s Open Source The International Trademark Metasearch,” Marty identifies a significant problem, sees a solution that commercial developers probably cannot or will not solve, and recognizes how an Open Source approach will produce a result that helps everyone.
Take a look. You will appreciate the wisdom of this creative approach. If you understand this post, you will take a big step toward understanding the whole “Open Source” concept. If it gets your interest, my Open Source License Law Page is not a bad place to start.
I expect more ideas for these “Open Source” projects in the area of the practice of law will be coming. The question is will we bring them out of the idea stage and into reality.