Licensing

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

Does your code need a license?

licensing intellectual property
Copyright, copyleft, or copy none? The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is concerned that some open source software developers are not choosing a license...Read more

The EFF covers Google's open patent non-assertion pledge

patents for open innovation
The flood of software patents has created an environment where companies are afraid that innovation leads to being hit by patent lawsuits. Every...Read more

Freeing scientific data with CC0 and Dryad repository

lightning talk
Karen Cranston ( @kcranstn ) is an evolutionary biologist at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), a nonprofit science center...Read more

Why the public domain matters

digital content
[The public domain] is the basis of our self-understanding as expressed by our shared knowledge and culture. It is the raw material from which new...Read more

A guide to free and open source education

classroom
Nearly every week, if not every day, there are more and more open source and open educational resources available and accessible to us. It's...Read more

Open, collaborative effort to improve US patents

make things better
Late last year, I wrote about the EFF’s project to leverage the Patent Office’s new Preissuance Submissions procedure to promote open 3D printing...Read more

How to organize an education hackathon

open education resources
On February 23, I participated in my first hackathon event; not a coding event as typical of computer programmers, but an education hackathon—a "...Read more

Group remixes a copyrighted song to spread open technology

David Mason ( @dcm ) and Heather LaGarde ( @heatherlagarde ) were interested in expressing open source in other ways and wanted to help spread mobile...Read more