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

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Conventional wisdom says the Apache License has a "real" patent license. But what about the MIT License?
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These recent court cases shed some light on the matter.
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Both show that a contributor is allowed to make a contribution and that the project has the right to distribute it. But which one is better?
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Take a look at some of the most important legal cases from the past year, including GitHub's revision of their Terms of Service.
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For open source software, license information is embedded in the source code. To reduce complexity, you can generate different views.
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This year's top articles focused on trademarks, open source licensing, and compliance. And, of course, copyright trolling.
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Free software, open source software, FOSS, FLOSS. Are they the same? Different? Does it matter?
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Clarity is key to avoid licensing ambiguity.