Law

What is copyleft?
If you've spent much time in open source projects, you have probably seen the term "copyleft" used. While the term is quite commonly used, many people don't understand it.
6 comments Posted 12 Aug 2016 by Ben Cotton Feed
Which type of open source license do you prefer?
It's the age-old debate among open source enthusiasts—both developers and users alike: Which license to choose? For developers, the decision revolves around what kind of control they are willing to release to anyone wanting to modify the developer's code. For the user, the question is more about... Read more
5 comments Posted 12 Aug 2016 by Opensource.com (Red Hat) Feed
A decision in the GPL enforcement case in Germany between Christoph Hellwig (supported by the Software Freedom Conservancy) and VMware recently became public. The court dismissed the case after concluding that Hellwig failed to identify in the VMware product the specific lines of code for which he... Read more
0 comments Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Scott K Peterson (Red Hat) Feed
Avoiding bad practices in open source project management
What you should not do as you lead or participate in your open source projects.
3 comments Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Julien Danjou Feed
Oracle v. Google: What it means for software developers
The outcome of Oracle v. Google is a positive result for the software industry and the developer community but we must be cautious.
1 comment Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Jeffrey Robert Kaufman (Red Hat) Feed
Why you should understand the terms for license compliance
A recent court case illustrates the importance of reading and understanding technical terms used in copyright licenses.
3 comments Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Jeffrey Robert Kaufman (Red Hat) Feed
open source licensing
Judges and lawyers need to understand what open source software is: not just software made available under a license, but software that has an accompanying ethos.
10 comments Posted 4 Feb 2016 by Ben Cotton Feed
potato sack race, open source adoption
Mark Radcliffe shares his 10 picks for the top legal developments in free and open source software last year.
4 comments Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Mark Radcliffe Feed
While reviewing the most-read articles on legal topics in open source on Opensource.com this year, I was reminded of the old maxim: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
0 comments Posted 28 Dec 2015 by David Perry (Red Hat) Feed
The first instance of a court in Germany (and perhaps anywhere) addressing GPLv3 occurred in a decision by the Regional Court of Halle in July 2015
0 comments Posted 8 Dec 2015 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed

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