Licensing

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

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

Public access to works supported by new alliance

Molly Van Houweling interviews herself for the launch of a new non-profit she has co-founded: Authors Alliance will work to promote authorship for...Read more

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

Books and more are relicensed to Creative Commons

Creative Commons license
I began working with the Wikimedia Foundation in January 2012 for program and community support in India. With the Centre for Internet and Society 's...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

An introduction to the School of Open

school of open
Every generation since the beginning of human existence has passed its value system, principles, methodologies, and skillsets on to the next...Read more

U.S. Department of Labor applies Creative Commons license to all work created with $150M grant

Creative Commons licenses
Creative Commons (CC) actively works to support foundations , governments , IGOs , and other funders who create, adopt and implement open policies ...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