Law

The Law collection is an archive of articles covering open source and legal topics.

Open source licenses are shared resources

Open source licenses are shared resources
Licenses are valuable shared resources. What might we do to support these shared resources?Read more

Distributing encryption software may break the law

Distributing encryption software may break the law
FOSS cryptography is a powerful tool but may carry some risk.Read more

EFF asks universities not to sell to patent trolls

EFF asks universities not to sell patents to trolls
Take action by signing the pledge and urge universities not to sell patents to patent trolls.Read more

What is copyleft?

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...Read more

Which type of open source license do you prefer?

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...Read more

GPL enforcement action in Hellwig v. VMware dismissed, with an appeal expected

A decision in the GPL enforcement case in Germany between Christoph Hellwig (supported by the Software Freedom Conservancy) and VMware recently...Read more

Avoiding bad practices in open source project management

Avoiding bad practices in open source project management
What you should not do as you lead or participate in your open source projects.Read more

Oracle v. Google: What it means for software developers

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.Read more