Law

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

The first step in addressing dysfunction in the patent system: Admitting we have a problem

patent reform
Does the Apple-Samsung case have a silver lining? For the open source community, the large damages verdict is disturbing, but at least it is drawing...Read more

Apple, Samsung, and the white queen's gambit

mobile mashup
Now the that the jury has given Apple almost everything it asked for in its infringement suit against Samsung, what should we expect to happen next?...Read more

The DRM graveyard part 2: A brief history of digital rights management in video and TV

AACS tattoo
A few months ago, we outlined a few of the major moments in the history of digital rights management (DRM) in the music industry . This time, we're...Read more

New EFF campaign proposes seven changes to U.S. patent system

New EFF campaign proposes seven changes to U.S. patent system
Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched Defend Innovation , a campaign to end software patent abuse, promote seven alterations to the...Read more

Oracle v. Google and API copyrightability

 Oracle v. Google and API copyrightability
As has been widely reported, the district court in the Oracle v. Google case has issued an order holding that the "structure, sequence and...Read more

Need cash? NLnet advances open source technology by funding new projects

Laying fundaments In April 1982, exactly 30 years ago, the European Internet was launched by the Dutch researcher Teus Hagen, at a European Unix User...Read more

SAS v. WPL decision addresses boundaries of copyrights on software

copyrights on software
Last week the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the highest court in the European Union on matters of EU law, issued a judgment in the case of SAS...Read more

Oracle v. Google shows the folly of U.S. software patent law

Oracle v. Google shows the folly of U.S. software patent law
Oracle v. Google has all the ingredients of an epic, high-stakes courtroom battle: a damages claim of up to $1 billion over the use of Java in the...Read more