Law

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

The huge societal costs of NPE software patent lawsuits

Ginormous losses from NPE software patent lawsuits
Innovative software companies start each work day knowing that, no matter how careful and how ethical they are, they face a meaningful risk of being...Read more

Poll: Is the very concept of intellectual property outmoded?

Is the very concept of intellectual property outmoded?
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Is the very concept of intellectual property outmoded?

Is the very concept of intellectual property outmoded?
Share your thoughts in the comments.Read more

Talk like a digital pirate--or fight against them--on Talk Like A Pirate Day

To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day the opensource.com way, we gathered a list of things that have been said through the history of copyright,...Read more

New patent reform law could reduce lawsuits by non-practicing entities

New patent reform law could reduce lawsuits by non-practicing entity
The Hidden Gem in the Bill: Joinder Reform So it has finally happened: a patent reform bill has actually become law. Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate...Read more

Why make a new open source software license? MPL 2.0 (part 3)

Why make a new open source software license?  MPL 2.0 (part 3)
In my previous posts, I discussed the new features of the MPL and the new compatibility between MPL and other licenses . In this final post, I'll...Read more

MPL 2.0, copyleft, and license compatibility

MPL 2.0, copyleft, and license compatibility
In part one of my Mozilla Public License piece, I mentioned license compatibility as a major feature of MPL 2.0. In fact, it's such a major - and...Read more

Should setting information free get you locked up? Aaron Swartz, JSTOR, and the theft of information

Aaron Swartz is 25 years old. He’s smart, tenacious, talented. And, in the view of the US Attorney General, a dangerous man currently charged with...Read more