Law

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

In remembrance: Keith Aoki

On April 26, the world lost Keith Aoki, author, artist, and distinguished professor at the UC Davis law school. You've seen his work on opensource...Read more

Poll: Patents and innovation

Software patents
After you cast your vote, tell us what you think about the FTC weighing in on patent reform or if software patents are too abstract to patent ...Read more

Do you think software patents encourage innovation?

Software patents
After you cast your vote, tell us what you think about the FTC weighing in on patent reform or if software patents are too abstract to patent . Comments welcome.Read more

The FTC weighs in on patent reform

Last month the Federal Trade Commission issued a report that acknowledged important problems in the U.S. Patent system as it affects software. The...Read more

Lessons learned from Groklaw: The power of collaboration

Like many, I was surprised-but-not-really when Pamela Jones announced that she would be retiring original content on the legal analysis site that...Read more

Creative Commons plaintext licenses and using CC0 for software

Creative Commons posted two pieces to their blog today regarding their licenses, and in particular, CC0, the Creative Commons public domain notice...Read more

Patent reform bills with little reform

In my March 2 post on patent reform , I noted that many of the provisions offered in prior versions of patent reform bills were removed from the...Read more

The threat of parallel filing

The threat from software patent trolls arises not from an invisible distant origin, but actually from within open source communities. So that's the...Read more