Law

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

Why some governments are struggling with open source implementation

Tug of war
Observing the open source public policy landscape over the past several months, one couldn’t be blamed for feeling optimistic. Government after...Read more

Making commercial open source software

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I recently blogged about making open source software , and the high level steps for how to think about the process. We started with the need for...Read more

Top 10 FOSS issues of 2012

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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

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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

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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

What open source licensing could learn from Creative Commons

Creative Commons
The arrival of the ten-year anniversary of Creative Commons is an opportunity to express gratitude to an organization that has done so much to...Read more