Law

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

What is a URI? Understanding license terminology for compliance

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.Read more

NY bill would provide tax credit for open source contributors

NY bill would provide tax credit for open source contributors
The bill would provide a tax credit of 20% of "expenses associated with the development of open source and free software."Read more

The case for educating judges on open source licensing

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...Read more

Top 10 open source legal developments in 2015

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.Read more

Best of Opensource.com: Law

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...Read more

German court addresses GPLv3 section 8 termination provisions

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 2015Read more

The patent troll problem is not a new one

David Perry of Red Hat walks us through the latest from legal entities, journalists, and pop culture on why it is time to fix patents.Read more

Adobe opens legal style guide and encourages clear writing

Adobe has made its Legal Department Style Guide available to everyone under a Creative Commons license. This shows that open source principles are...Read more