Law

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

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?
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