Licensing

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

Mars Express images and videos for everyone

Hellas Chaos on Mars, from space
As of December 19, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now sharing all of its images and videos from the Mars Express mission under CC BY-SA.Read more

Top 5: Legal issues in open source in 2014

The most-read articles this year on Opensource.com demonstrated a strong interest in the changing aspects of complicated issues. For example, the top...Read more

Measuring the size and state of the commons

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...Read more

4,100 new jobs through wildly successful NC farm grant program

RAFI is on a mission to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms...Read more

Charting new licensing territories with the Open Definition standard

Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council have announced the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition, an important standard that...Read more

North Carolina says "no" to patent trolls

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...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 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