Law

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

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

How federal agencies can implement and benefit from transparency

How federal agencies can implement and benefit from transparency
The publication, Guide to Owning Transparency: How Federal Agencies Can Implement and Benefit from Transparency , was released earlier this month and...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

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?
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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