Don't Send An Engineer To Do A Lawyer's Job
A beginners guide to community legal engagement
A thread on an open source project mailing list offers seven lessons on how to engage an open source community over legal issues.
A thread on an Apache mailing list (Now safely in the past) provides a great illustration of what not to do when your employer's interests seem to need engagement in an open source community. Instead of asking a suitably-trained lawyer to directly engage, the company asked an engineer to engage when they wanted special terms for a contribution. They went on to propose custom terms, a custom CLA and even implied that they wanted private bilateral negotiations. This session runs through the thread and draws seven lessons for approaching an open source community with your legal issues.