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The open source license you choose for your project, or for the projects you choose to contribute to, can have significant effects on how what you contribute is used. One question that has garnered quite a bit of interest recently is the fall in popularity of copyleft licenses in favor of... Read more
8 comments Posted 28 Jan 2014 by Marcus D. Hanwell Feed
reform of abusive patent litigation
It’s a new year and all indications are that it will be a busy one for reform of abusive patent litigation. What are some of the top events ahead in 2014?
0 comments Posted 20 Jan 2014 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Top 10 open law posts in 2013
The most-read posts this year on the Opensource.com Law channel showed a strong interest in diverse legal issues in the open source world. Many readers were reaching out for a better understanding open source licensing and related questions, such as:
0 comments Posted 26 Dec 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
8 bit patents
With patent reform legislation moving forward, an impressive group of law professors weighed in last week in favor of reform. The group submitted a letter to Congress that effectively demonstrates the seriousness of the problem of patent assertion entities (PAEs) and supports pending legislation.... Read more
2 comments Posted 2 Dec 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
creative commons licenses
Creative Commons proudly introduces our 4.0 licenses, now available for adoption worldwide. The 4.0 licenses—more than two years in the making—are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. Dozens of improvements have been incorporated that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed... Read more
0 comments Posted 28 Nov 2013 by Creative Commons Feed
Tell me more
I recently had the honor of being a guest on the JBoss Asylum podcast, hosted by Red Hat's Emmanuel Bernard and Max Rydahl Andersen. We discussed various topics at the intersection of law and software (particularly in relation to open source), including the
0 comments Posted 4 Oct 2013 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
Lessons in copyright
Open curriculum alternatives to MPAA’s new anti-piracy campaign for kids. It has come to our attention that the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and top internet service providers are drafting curriculum to teach kids in California elementary... Read more
6 comments Posted 30 Sep 2013 by Jane Park Feed
hazy shade of value
Before the summer Congressional recess, a broad coalition of job-creating businesses added their voices to the pro-reform chorus with a ringing letter to Congress urging that expansion of the Covered Business Method (CBM) program be a cornerstone of any patent reform legislation being considered. ... Read more
3 comments Posted 24 Sep 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
In a previous article, I discussed the complaints that have been leveled against GitHub during the past year and a half concerning the purported problem of public, seemingly-FLOSS code repositories with no explicit licensing. Here I will address the actions GitHub took in July, which were... Read more
3 comments Posted 16 Sep 2013 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
Software patent reform
Momentum seems to be building in Congress to tackle patent reform. From an open source perspective, any reform that reduces the risk and expense of patent lawsuits is surely a good thing. But the reforms under current discussion so far have largely been focused on the problem of NPEs (non-... Read more
3 comments Posted 10 Sep 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed

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