Law

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

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

The new MPL

The new MPL
Last week the Mozilla Foundation released version 2.0 of the Mozilla Public License . Immediately recognized as a free software license by the Free...Read more

SOPA and PROTECT IP (PIPA) keep coming; Americans keep fighting back

The No SOPA Chrome extension
The fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't over. It returns to the Senate table late this month--as does PROTECT IP.Read more

Infographic: "When Patents Attack!" from patent good to patent profiteering

The problem with patents
This week FrugalDad posted an infographic about how the patent system has reacted to the rapid pace of technology, inspired by the "When Patents...Read more