Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Five guys to defend software freedom in Italy

A new concept law firm
...focused on openness
Italian Carlo Piana and Giovanni Battista Gallus, pre-eminent lawyers with more than 20 years of experience into the IT field, reinvented the concept of specialized law firm creating Array. Founded in 2009 as a group of independent lawyers (“Array is an array”), Array is reborn in 2014 as a loosely knit law firm composed by professionals with an outstanding profile in the fields of Information Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT), with long standing experience in consultancy as well as in litigation in civil, criminal, administrative and ADR procedures.
Members of Array have also a focus on Free and Open Source Software, Open Content, Open Data, which in recent years has become mainstream, the fastest growing trend in the IT sector and one of the most challenging legal fields.
Within Array are also Guglielmo Troiano, Simone Aliprandi and Alberto Pianon who are distributed across the Italian territory with offices in Milan, Vicenza and Cagliari but working throughout the European market by offering advice to clients ranging from small projects to large communities, from SMBs to Fortune 500 corporations.

Carlo Piana
Lawyer in Milan and member of the local bar, Carlo is a pre-eminent Italian IT Lawyer, working almost exclusively in the Information Technology and Telecommunication Law, a field where he begun consulting on 1994. Passionate about technology and Free Software (Open Source) he has been active in many battles for Digital Rights and against monopolization, as with the antitrust cases in the Software Workgroup Servers field (where he represented the Free Software Foundation Europe and the Samba Team) or with the standardization process of XML document formats (like DIS29500, also known as ECMA 376 or Office Open XML – OOXML), or again more recently in one of the largest IT acquisition ever, involving the World largest Free Software company as target.
General Counsel for the Free Software Foundation Europe, he is member of the Team of Freedom Task Force and approved legal expert in Italy and Europe on matters pertaining Free Software and Open Source. He is also President of the board of the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation.
[see also his Wikipedia biography]

Giovanni Battista Gallus
Copyright, Criminal, Data Protection/Privacy and IT and New Technologies law are his main areas of expertise. After a cum laude degree in Law in Italy, he moves to Great Britain for the Master of Laws in Maritime Law e Information Technology Law at the University College London – UCL. Afterwhile, he earns a PhD. In 2009 he obtains the European Certificate on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence (ECCE). He is ISO 27001:2005 Certified Lead Auditor (Information Security Management System).
Member of the Bar of Cagliari since 1996, admitted to the Supreme Court since 2009, he is a member of the Department “Informatica Giuridica” at the Universit√† Statale of Milan and he is a teacher at the Post-Graduate Course in Digital Forensics, Privacy, Cloud e Cyber Warfare. Fellow of Nexa Center on Internet e Society and of the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights. Author of several publications on the above mentioned areas and speaker at the main national and international congresses, he sides his legal profession an intense teaching activity, mainly in the field of copyright, Free/Open Source Software, data protection, IT security and digital forensics.

Read more on the official website www.array.eu.

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