Richard Fontana

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Richard Fontana
Born United States Brooklyn, NY, U.S.
Occupation Lawyer, Hewlett-Packard

Richard Fontana is a lawyer in the United States who is particularly known for his work in the area of open source and free software. Fontana works at Hewlett-Packard and previously worked at Red Hat. Before Red Hat he was counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC).[1] In 2012 Fontana began drafting copyleft-next, a modification of the GNU General Public License, version 3 (GPLv3).[2][3][4] While at SFLC, Fontana was one of the three principal authors, along with Richard Stallman and Eben Moglen, of the GPLv3, the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 3 (LGPLv3), and the GNU Affero General Public License.[5][6] He is currently a member-elected director of the Open Source Initiative.[7]


  1. ^ "Red Hat Announces Key New Appointments to its Open Source Licensing & Intellectual Property Law Team" (PDF). Red Hat, inc. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  2. ^ "copyleft-next". July 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Small Open Source Software License Project Attracts Big Interest". July 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The next GPL: Why it's being shaped on GitHub (InfoWorld)". July 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "GPLv3 authors comment on final draft". Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  6. ^ "The GPLv3 process: Public consultation and private drafting". Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  7. ^ OSI Welcomes Member-Elected Director, OSI