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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

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

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