Get a sneak peek at GitHub Government Evangelist Ben Balter's OSCON talk, "Open source licensing on GitHub by the numbers."
The thrust of the US House Judiciary Committee hearing was pretty clear: Congress needs to act. And while the Supreme Court has taken some steps, it is not a substitute for legislative actions focused on the fundamental issues in the system that abusive patent litigants use to game the system.
The Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal held their annual symposium on open source in the legal field at Santa Clara University. Prominent practitioners in the open source community spoke on topics ranging from licensing and compliance to healthcare and entertainment law.
Your open hardware project is complete, now it's time to determine if you need to license your work and if so, what options are available to you.
The use of Creative Commons as a licensing mechanism is continuing to grow at a fantastic pace. In this report, learn more about the size and breakdown of Creative Common material available for reuse.
RAFI is on a mission to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms. Learn how they directly assist individual farmers and work at the local, national, and international levels for a more just and sustainable food system... Read more
Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council have announced the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition, an important standard that communicates the fundamental legal conditions that make content and data open.
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 preventing bad faith assertions of patent infringement. Patent trolls (more officially called "patent assertion entities" or "non-practicing entities") are... Read more
When Versata Software sued Ameriprise Financial Services for breaching its software license, it unwittingly unearthed a GPL violation of its own and touched off another lawsuit that could prove to be a leading case on free and open source software licensing. This post takes a look at the legal... Read more
The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) was established in May 2012, by a group of public plant breeders, small seed company plant breeders, farmer-breeders, and advocates for seed sovereignty. OSSI was formed in order to enhance vigorous innovation in plant breeding by the creation of a licensing... Read more