Law

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

Why the public domain matters

digital content
[The public domain] is the basis of our self-understanding as expressed by our shared knowledge and culture. It is the raw material from which new...Read more

Open, collaborative effort to improve US patents

make things better
Late last year, I wrote about the EFF’s project to leverage the Patent Office’s new Preissuance Submissions procedure to promote open 3D printing...Read more

Open government beyond open data and transparency

a new dawn
The term "Open Government" (OG, hereafter) has been used since the 70s to refer to the effort to reduce bureaucratic opacity and open up governments...Read more

Key House committee looks at abusive patent litigation

patent reform
In the latest evidence of the growing recognition that our patent system needs reform, last week the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual...Read more

The Python trademark dispute

trademarks
UPDATE: In a March 22 press release , the PSF announced that the parties have reached an amicable resolution. According to the PSF, "Veber has...Read more

Defensive patent publications establish the existence of prior art in any field

patent struggle
It bothers many of us everytime we hear about yet another non-obvious, overreaching, and abusive patent—particularly a software patent that is...Read more

Younger developers reject licensing, risk chance for reform

Modern copyright law grants copyright automatically to any creative work, including simple things like blog posts – and small pieces of code on...Read more

Government tech stakeholders gather at state hackathon

open source in use here
Great things for open government happened last year on November 15-16 at the 4th annual Capitol Camp event, organized and hosted by the New York...Read more