Law

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

What to do about the "patent troll" problem

Patent troll
A new report titled An Overview of the "Patent Trolls" Debate [PDF] is a balanced but ultimately devastating indictment of "patent trolls." It was...Read more

Creative Commons applied to government, business, and journalism

Creative Commons BY
For people wanting to learn about Creative Commons and its application in different sectors, there is a sea of materials available online. In...Read more

Closing the software patent loophole: Professor Lemley's new proposal

Wright Brothers first flight via NASA
There's an old saying that everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it. The open source community maintains an active...Read more

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