|Born||Brooklyn, NY, U.S.|
|Occupation||Lawyer, Red Hat|
Richard Fontana is a free software and open source lawyer in the United States. Fontana served as legal counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) from December 5, 2005 until February 2008. Fontana is currently Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel at Red Hat. In 2012 Fontana began drafting copyleft-next, a modification of the GNU General Public License, version 3 (GPLv3).
 Work 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. Fontana's work at SFLC included representing free software and open source clients such as the Free Software Foundation, assisting them on copyright and patent issues.
- "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.
- "copyleft-next". July 9, 2012.
- "Small Copyleft.next Open Source Software License Project Attracts Big Interest". July 11, 2012.
- "The next GPL: Why it's being shaped on GitHub (InfoWorld)". July 6, 2012.
- "GPLv3 authors comment on final draft". Retrieved 2008-03-04.
- "The GPLv3 process: Public consultation and private drafting". Retrieved 2008-03-04.