Licensing

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

Copyright statements proliferate inside open source code

Copyright statements emerging in source code
I was looking at a source file for the OpenStack Ceilometer docs one day and noticed that there's a copyright statement at the top. Now, in no way do...Read more

Should I use a permissive license? Copyleft? Or something in the middle?

The open source license you choose for your project, or for the projects you choose to contribute to, can have significant effects on how what you...Read more

Top events ahead in 2014 for abusive patent litigation

reform of abusive patent litigation
It’s a new year and all indications are that it will be a busy one for reform of abusive patent litigation. What are some of the top events ahead in...Read more

The participatory nature of the Internet strengthens fan communities

Whether the big media producers like it or not, digital technologies have made it easier than ever for popular culture fans to create remixes or...Read more

Creative Commons unveils new 4.0 licenses

creative commons licenses
Creative Commons proudly introduces our 4.0 licenses, now available for adoption worldwide. The 4.0 licenses—more than two years in the making—are...Read more

Teach kids about copyright: a list of resources from Creative Commons

Lessons in copyright
Open curriculum alternatives to MPAA’s new anti-piracy campaign for kids. It has come to our attention that the Motion Picture Association of America...Read more

choosealicense.com and GitHub's license picker

In a previous article , I discussed the complaints that have been leveled against GitHub during the past year and a half concerning the purported...Read more

Open source under the lens of an intellectual property lawyer

open source and intellectual property
Download the free All Things Open interview series eBook Have you ever wondered what, from a business perspective, the world of sharing , free , and...Read more