Law

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

The story of St. Columba: A modern copyright battle in sixth century Ireland

I've long been under the impression that copyright began with the Statute of Anne in 1710, as is generally taught. But have you ever heard of Saint...Read more

Interview: PJ on the beginning, ending, and future of Groklaw

Over the last eight years, Pamela Jones, known as "PJ," wrote volumes at Groklaw —first as a blog about the holes in SCO's claims, then increasingly...Read more

Belgian court rules that Google infringes newspaper copyrights

The Belgian Court of Appeals ruled this week that Google is infringing the copyrights of Belgian newspapers by linking to and posting portions of the...Read more

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

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

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

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