Last week we had the pleasure of offering a demo at the Frankfurt Legal Technology and Innovation Meetup – Demo Night. We gave a remote demo of ContraxSuite (our contracts / legal document analytics platform).
On August 1, we released Contrax Suite (an open source document analytics platform). It is important to note that we have decided upon dual licensing – (1) open source (AGPL) which is pretty hard core copyleft and (2) a more permissive license in specific circumstances. The key for us is to maintain the opensource ecosystem which requires balancing competing interests. We cannot grant the more permissive license to everyone under all conditions or it undermines the entire effort.
That said, we have a real problems in the A.I. + Law community. Some of the claims are outlandish and the business model (at its core) does not really make sense. We think that opensource helps solve for some (perhaps not all) of the adoption issues.
Live on Github – the LexPredict Team has open-sourced ContraxSuite 1.0, fundamentally altering the economics of the contract and legal document analytics space – now you can perpetually own a solution with a $0 license and $0 per document fees. But we’re just getting started. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we release even more documentation and developer examples on Github.
From the article – “We are increasingly thinking that there’s room in legal tech for a Red Hat in legal — companies that really focus on development of software by providing wraparound services, but offer their software open source,” Michael J Bommarito II said.
From the Announcement – “Starting on August 1st, this code base and our public development roadmap will be hosted on Github under a permissive open-source licensing model that will allow most organizations to quickly and freely implement and customize their own contract and document analytics. Like Redhat does for Linux, we will provide support, customization, and data services to “cover the last mile” for those organizations who need it.
We believe that a very important future for law lies in its central role in facilitating and regulating the modern information economy. But unless we start treating law itself like the production of information, we’ll never get there. Before we can solve big problems with smart contracts, we need to start by structuring existing legacy contracts. We hope our actions today will help lawyers, companies, and other LegalTech providers accelerate the pace of improvement and innovation through more open collaboration.” (click here for full announcement or access via Slideshare)
Beyond the specific prize attached to upcoming hackathon event, we welcome anyone who (for fun) would like to take a crack at this challenge.
Our LexPredict Challenge is an opportunity to develop basic tools for processing contracts.
Specifically, you will use the sample contract data below to develop algorithms to:
(1) identify the parties to an agreement
(2) identify effective date segment and date
(3) identify termination clause segment(s) and date(s)
At LexPredict, we have built this simple (and other more complex) technology for use in commercial applications. This is an opportunity to use this challenge to produce open source content which we can be used by all (including in the Legal Analytics Course).