Law

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

Exploring the legal issues around open data and open hardware

Law and open source
Drafting and using open licenses for data and hardware presents both familiar old challenges (like license proliferation) and new challenges (like...Read more

Patent troll cases heard by US Supreme Court

patent trolls
Patent trolling—the aggressive assertion of weak or meritless patent claims by non-practicing entities—is a frequent target of disdain from open...Read more

US government accelerating development and release of open source

open source software is commericial
I had a chance to catch up with David A. Wheeler, a long-time leader in advising and working with the US government on issues related to open source...Read more

Technology companies ask Supreme Court to reject vague patents

will invalidating patents get easier?
You’ve probably realized this by now, but the Supreme Court is having a very busy term when it comes to patent cases. In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig...Read more

Free Software Foundation to offer seminar on GPL enforcement and legal ethics

free software legal seminar
The Free Software Foundation will be providing a half-day legal seminar titled "GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics", taking place on Monday, March 24...Read more

The Supreme Court jumps into the software patent thicket

peering into the patent haze
Software patent thickets are often compared to minefields, but with a note of resignation, as though there’s no avoiding them. The U.S. Supreme Court...Read more

Top 10 legal issues for free software of 2013

free software legal issues
The year 2013 continued the trend of the increasing importance of legal issues for the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community. FOSS projects...Read more

US Supreme Court to hear important patent cases in 2014

public policy
A recent post on the top events ahead in 2014 for reforming abusive patent litigation focused on efforts by State Attorneys General, the Federal...Read more