Law

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

GPLv2 goes to court: More decisions from the Versata tarpit

The GNU General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2) continues to be the most widely used and most important license for free and open source software...Read more

Linux for lettuce

Lettuce farming field for Open Food Week
On revolutionizing American agribusiness from the ground up, one seed at a time. Could "open source" join the ranks of food labeling like "organic"...Read more

The story of Aaron Swartz and his fight for open

A new documentary about the life of Aaron Swartz was released in June this year. It recounts the story of one of the most impactful young talents of...Read more

Patent trolls and open document formats with open source thought leaders

On Gordon Haff's blog, Connections, the senior cloud evangelist for Red Hat talked with Simon Phipps, the president of the Open Source Initiative...Read more

North Carolina says "no" to patent trolls

North Carolina became the latest state to take a stand against patent trolls when NC Governor Pat McCrory signed a new law last week aimed at...Read more

Understanding copyright and its use today

We live in an age of ever-expanding copyright law. The length of time that elapses before a creative work enters the public domain is now so long...Read more

Lawsuit threatens to break new ground on the GPL and software licensing issues

When Versata Software sued Ameriprise Financial Services for breaching its software license, it unwittingly unearthed a GPL violation of its own and...Read more

The Supreme Court invalidates a software patent in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision concerning software patents and took a small-but-meaningful step in the right...Read more