Legal Commons - Presentation to Startup Weekend NYC 2009

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  • Legal Commons - Presentation to Startup Weekend NYC 2009

    1. 1. A not-for-profit entrepreneurial venture startup business lubricant thingamajig Strictly Confidential-ish.
    2. 2. legal
    3. 3. documents
    4. 4. suck.
    5. 5. nice
    6. 6. process
    7. 7. sucked less?
    8. 8. Why Legal Documents Suck •Legal documents demonstrate that there are 100 ways to skin a cat (no one wants to skin a cat) •They’re a time-wasting, ego-feeding, tree-killing, retainer-validating, stultifyingly-obfuscating, bill- padding, and needless tug of war. (whoever wins, we lose*) *that comes from some stupid movie somewhere
    9. 9. Legal Commons Provides standard and human-readable and human-editable contracts.
    10. 10. Goal → Create standard, configurable, and understandable Documents a la Creative Commons License System ≈
    11. 11. Standard? Q: How much material difference is there between most standard business contracts? A: Not much.
    12. 12. Configurable? •Yes, contracts are specific to situation. •So, let’s only worry about the “Not much.” (see the previous slide if you’re confused)
    13. 13. Understandable? •Speak in plain english •Back it up with legalese •Use pictures
    14. 14. How does this work? Let’s give a demo: http://commonslaw.com/
    15. 15. Weekend Accomplishments •Successfully stole borrowed remixed creativecommons.org’s branding •Launched website: commonslaw.org •Created a logo that sort-of looks like a wheelchair (according to jonathan) •Created a working prototype for a Non-Disclosure Agreement •Sketched out For-Profit Subsidiary
    16. 16. What’s next? •Codify (and code) additional legal documents. •Use it — build community (New York Tech would be a great plate to start... ahem.) •Reach out to Laurence Lessig (who happens to own legalcommons.org) •Iterate!
    17. 17. (Sort- of)Contingency •Create a for-profit subsidiary to manage legal handshakes and wet signatures between legal entities. (We’ve written a plan and pro-forma. It features a hockey stick. It rocks.)
    18. 18. Team and Contact http://commonslaw.org Michael E. Gruen Alexis N. Mueller Alison Anthoine Willis Chen David W. Riordan David A. Sampayo

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