Law

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

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

Federal Trade Commission nears final step in launching Patent Assertion Entities study

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is finally on the cusp of its long-anticipated study to examine the harmful effects of Patent Assertion Entities (...Read more

Patent reform legislation takes a pause (for the moment)

Late last month, as you’ve likely read by now, the US Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) abruptly pulled consideration of a legislative patent reform...Read more

New state laws target patent trolls

Patent reform may have stalled this year at the federal level, but patent trolls may soon find their actions curtailed by a number of patent abuse...Read more

Do you think laws aiming to curb patent trolling will be effective?

Did you know that more than twenty U.S. states have patent abuse litigation laws that have been passed or are pending? Find out which states are...Read more

The unexpected outcome of the Open Source Seed Initiative's licensing debate

The Open Source Seed Initiative ( OSSI ) was established in May 2012, by a group of public plant breeders, small seed company plant breeders, farmer-...Read more