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

Pinterest and copyright: Why you should keep sharing--and keep pinning

Pinterest logo
Pinterest is a social site for image sharing around themes that launched in closed beta in March 2010. As the site proceeded through an invite system...Read more

Infographic: How patents hinder innovation

How patents hinder innovation
Patents may have been created to help encourage innovation, but instead they regularly hinder it. The US Patent Office, overwhelmed and underfunded,...Read more

A cure for the common troll

A cure for the common troll
Our bridge into the 21st Century presently houses a nasty creature who demands a toll from the best and brightest in our community. The dreaded troll...Read more

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