In part one of my Mozilla Public License piece, I mentioned license compatibility as a major feature of MPL 2.0. In fact, it's such a major - and complicated - issue that it warrants its own explanation.
Over the past 18 months, the Mozilla community has been revising the Mozilla Public License. See earlier post. We recently announced, in true community development fashion, a release candidate--the text that we hope will become MPL 2.0 after one last set of eyes review it. This piece is a brief... Read more
The Open Source Hardware and Design Aliance (OHANDA) aims to do for hardware what the Creative Commons does for intellectual property and the GPL does for software: open it up. By applying open source principles to trademarks, OHANDA hopes to free devices from some restrictions imposed by patent... Read more
A few events took place that affirmed for me that pushing forward with the agenda to rid our room of copyright violations and plagiarism is the right course of action.
Earlier this month, Creative Commons asked for comment on the new Public Domain Mark (PDM), "a tool that would make it easy for people to tag and find content already in the public domain." The tag is meant to work alongside the CC0 public domain waiver. It's not meant as a license or legal... Read more
I had the opportunity to sit down with Larry Lessig last week. Co-founder of Creative Commons, law professor, author, and copyright guru, Lessig is a visionary of law and technology policy. In the FLOSS community, Lessig is best known for his book Free Culture and work on copyright policy. In his... Read more