We connected with and advised quite a few projects that use or are exploring alternative forms of web monetization. The web monetization community has been critical to connecting folks to our legal services. We worked on 17 different matters during the grant period.
Our proposal was to serve as a support to creatives and innovators experimenting with web monetization, and so far, we have steadily been accomplishing that. We expected to put in at least 200-250 hours of legal services, and we provided 214 hours. Clients have ranged from startup web services, to nonprofit educational projects, to filmmakers and other creatives. These individuals and organizations need exactly the kind of intellectual property, open licensing, contract drafting, and privacy legal work that is our specialty. Some came directly through the Grant for the Web community, others came to us directly through our website.
Our activities have ranged from brief 1-3 hour consultations, to extensive service engagements that last for months.
We made posts on the web monetization community detailing the services we provide and how to request the services. For example,
Due to attorney confidentiality, we aren’t able to share details of specific representations online, but we have been hearing from a number of grantees and applicants that need a variety of legal services for their web monetization related project.
There is certainly a demand for legal services in this community and we’re excited to support alternative web monetization models. We want to make ourselves available to the community for legal services, and will be requesting additional support to continue our legal work with projects.
It would be helpful to let other GFTW community members knowhow important it is to get early stage legal services for their projects.
Folks can send projects that need legal services to our legal services request form at this link.
We rely on donations to provide these services, so any support from individuals and the community is greatly appreciated.