Law

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

Why the patent system doesn't play well with software: If Eolas went the other way

Why the patent system doesn't play well with software: If Eolas went the other
Everyone take a deep breath: it seems we've had a moment of sanity in the patent wars. Last week, a jury invalidated the dangerous Eolas patents,...Read more

The first FOSDEM Legal Issues DevRoom

The first FOSDEM Legal Issues DevRoom
For FOSDEM 2012, held last weekend in Brussels, I had the privilege of co-organizing (with Tom Marble , Karen Sandler , and Bradley Kuhn ) the first-...Read more

ACTA's back

ACTA's back
Technology issues are now a matter for citizens of the internet and not just big corporations. Now that the US bills SOPA and PIPA have been put on...Read more

The Supreme Court's Golan decision gives short shrift to the public domain

The Supreme Court's Golan decision gives short shrift to the public domain
In a decision that favored the 1% (copyright owners) over the 99% (consumers and the public domain), the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that...Read more

What's not wrong with PIPA and SOPA

What's not wrong with PIPA and SOPA
Here's one list purporting to be the "10 Major Companies Which Are Supporting SOPA/PIPA" – Philip Morris, Rolex, Dolce & Gabbana, Adidas, U.S...Read more

Why SOPA and PIPA are bad for open source

Why SOPA and PIPA are bad for open source
The widespread internet blackout last week in protest at unbalanced legislation being rushed through the US Congress was dramatic and notable. I did...Read more

Crushed innovation: When patent lawyers switch to NPEs

Crushed innovation: When patent lawyers switch to NPEs
When well-known, richly compensated patent lawyers switch from representing world-class tech companies to servicing "non-practicing entities,"...Read more

Did the SOPA blackout work? (And was it really a blackout?)

Did the SOPA blackout work? (And was it really a blackout?)
Yesterday I posted screenshots of 127 websites that “blacked out” to protest the SOPA and PIPA legislation before the US Congress. Another site I...Read more