Idea: Open Source Law

Submitted by John_O on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 22:29

The notion of Open Source Software is increasingly familiar to many of us.  Could the same logic which says "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"*  be applied in the development and implementation of our future laws?

The Meat Licence Proposal is being developed in public,  multiple versions are available to inspect and the public is invited to contribute and make changes - is The Meat Licence Proposal 'Open Source?'

Open source is a development method for software law that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.**

*(Eric S. Raymond - The Cathedral and the Bazaar)