Licensing

Learn more about open source licensing, compliance, and licensing-related legal cases.

Foundations, bright lines, and building successful open source ecosystems

As we continue to create new open source foundations, we need to be thoughtful in the how-and-why of such foundations.Read more

The case for educating judges on open source licensing

open source licensing
Judges and lawyers need to understand what open source software is: not just software made available under a license, but software that has an...Read more

German court addresses GPLv3 section 8 termination provisions

The first instance of a court in Germany (and perhaps anywhere) addressing GPLv3 occurred in a decision by the Regional Court of Halle in July 2015Read more

Department of Education seeks comments on open licensing requirements

The U.S. Department of Education has an interest in broadening the impact of its grants, so it announced a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) on...Read more

Does your company know how much open source it uses?

Open source interview series
Software licenses are the legal underpinning of open source projects, but companies don't always know how to manage them. Jeff Luszcz explains in...Read more

Why open hardware is winning

Gadgets and open hardware
Mike Parks explains open source hardware today and why it's winning.Read more

Open source licensing at GitHub

Get a sneak peek at GitHub Government Evangelist Ben Balter's OSCON talk, "Open source licensing on GitHub by the numbers."Read more

Has the Supreme Court made patent reform legislation unnecessary?

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...Read more