|Description||Open sourcing the law|
|Seed, 6/09 |
People and small businesses have a very hard time affording legal services. LexPublica aims to address this problem by opening up the world of legal knowledge to everyone.
The first step is to make common contract templates available free of charge under a Creative Commons license. A community of volunteers collaborates to create the contracts, which include agreements that many businesses need, such as employment agreements, website development agreements and confidentiality agreements (also known as non-disclosure agreements or NDAs). The contract templates are written in straightforward language and have supporting guides to help people use them properly.
As it gets established and grows, LexPublica will be using best practices for collaborative online platforms and content, like open APIs, open formats and open standards.