Law

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

Open*Law: 2011 in review

Open*Law: 2011 in review
As we wrote in last year's year-in-review , patents are a big focus at the intersection of open source and law. This year was no different--2011 saw...Read more

Open*Law 2011 best images

Open*Law 2011 best images
The visual components on opensource.com are an important element to the look and feel of our content. The images help set the tone for the site. The...Read more

What's your favorite Open*Law image from 2011?

Open*Law 2011 best images
The visual components on opensource.com are an important element to the look and feel of our content. The images help set the tone for the site. The imagery embodies qualities such as motivational, editorial, authoritative (but not authoritarian), human, and optimism. Without our imagery, the content on the site would be plain and unsightly. We'd like to highlight some of the images from 2011 and give you a chance to pick your favorite.Read more

What SOPA means for [fill in the blank]

What SOPA means for [fill in the blank]
Today the House Judiciary Committee spent four hours debating HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, despite early successes of...Read more

What's on the blacklist? Three sites that SOPA could put at risk

What's on the blacklist? Three sites that SOPA could put at risk
Proponents of the latest disastrous IP bill, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) insist it only targets the "worst of the worst:" so-called "rogue"...Read more

Patent reform and patent totalitarianism

Patent reform and patent totalitarianism
Touted as the most extensive revision of the patent law since 1952, the America Invents Act of 2011 was signed by the President on September 16. You...Read more

Creative Commons 4.0 on the horizon

Creative Commons 4.0 on the horizon
Creative Commons held its Gl obal Summit a few weeks ago in Warsaw, with amazing international participation . Without question, t he most -...Read more

If we're going to have software patents, let's at least have a level playing field

If we must have software patents, at least use the same rules
Last week, I participated in a panel discussion at the Eastern District of Texas/Federal Circuit Joint Bench-Bar Conference in Dallas. The Court of...Read more