Law

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

Speaking of software patents

The software patent debate sometimes seems awfully one-sided. Passionate opponents carefully explain that software patents hinder innovation and...Read more

Why hasn't patent reform (especially for software) become a bigger political issue before now?

With a recent op-ed in the Economist and a segment on NPR's Planet Money , it seems as if an awareness of the high cost of the outmoded, traditional patent system is finally creeping into the mainstream.Read more

Poll: Why hasn't patent reform become a bigger political issue?

With a recent op-ed in the Economist and a segment on NPR's Planet Money , it seems as if an awareness of the high cost of the outmoded, traditional...Read more

Bilski's growing up, and smacking down some bad software patents

When the Supreme Court declined to speak to software patenting in the Bilski case, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the open source...Read more

The trouble with Harmony: Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part article critiquing the output of Project Harmony .Read more

The trouble with Harmony: Part 1

Harmony , the Canonical-led effort to provide a comprehensive suite of contributor agreements for open source projects, has quietly released its...Read more

Going after a troll for barratry

Some time ago, at the very beginning of opensource.com, I wrote a post on the possibility of using some archaic forms of law – champerty, barratry...Read more

Prolegomena to an evidence-based policy for software patents

The Hargreaves Report issued last month has some thought-provoking things to say about the problems of software patents, lengthy copyright terms, and...Read more