Law

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

Top 10 FOSS issues of 2012

foss lawyers
The year 2012 had many important FOSS legal developments which reflects the continued increase in FOSS use. FOSS projects have increased from 600,000...Read more

Abolishing patents: Too soon or too late?

patent stop sign
"Patents are here to stay." This is the sort of statement that makes me uneasy. I guess in the 17th century the common wisdom was "slavery is here to...Read more

FOSS takes precedence in Italy

foss people
At the end of August I wrote a short post about an important reform that modified the rules for software adoption within the Italian public...Read more

Software patents: The talk of 2012

Open law year in review
Looking back over the law channel posts of 2012, I was not surprised to see that software patents were a major concern. The high volume of...Read more

FOSS satisfies government regulations

foss networking
Talend, a licensor of open source enterprise software, has recently received a ruling from the U.S. Customs Service corroborating that its software...Read more

Top 10 articles celebrating Creative Commons' very uncommon last 10 years

Creative Commons 10 Anniversary
To a lot of people all over the world, Creative Commons is more than a license . The organization and their mission is a shining copyleft-light for...Read more

Congressional group briefly opens up on radical copyright reform, then takes it back

broken copyright
Open source software licenses and copyright law have a complex relationship. People often say that open source turns copyright on its head and...Read more

How will you celebrate Creative Commons' 10 year anniversary?

Creative Commons
Creative Commons is celebrating 10 years of helping artists, writers, technologist, and other creators share our knowledge and creativity with the world. We've been able to maximize our digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. For example, governments are using Creative Commons for their open data portals. Earlier this year, the UC Santa Cruz library adopted a Creative Commons (CC-BY) license for all of its content. YouTube now has over 4 million videos available under Creative Commons , allowing everyone to remix and edit the videos.Read more