Sébastien Canevet is a lawyer, legal scholar and a lecturer of Civil and Economic Law at the University of Poitiers, France. Since the mid-1990 he is active in the field of internet law. From 1996 to 1997 he was part of the Commission Beaussant which developed a charta for the ethical usage of the internet. Canevet was member of the legal commission of the NGO Internet Society and was among the founding members of the Forum des Droits sur L’Internet. Currently he is active at the Institut National de Recherche Dédié au Numérique (Inria, National Institute for the Research Dedicated to the Digital) and at l’APRIL, a French association dedicated to the fostering of free informatics.