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

Choosing a license for your work

creative commons
Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world develops, supports and stewards legal and technical infrastructure...Read more

Software patents make front page of New York Times

software patents
This morning the New York Times published a front-page story on software patents. My wife got to the paper before I did, and as I got coffee she told...Read more

The new software hygiene: Declare a license or risk losing participation

desire path
I had the privilege of working with David Tilbrook almost 25 years ago. He was the first person with whom I ever worked that clearly articulated...Read more

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