1. Open COVID Pledge

    public licensing for pandemic response

  2. Noncompete By Two Other Names

    Why are the last Polyform licenses taking so long?

  3. Sharetribe Community Public License 1.0, Line by Line

    another everything-but-SaaS license

  4. Intelligent Perception

    low bow to the legal laity

  5. Take the Money and Run

    if you’re not hurting, try helping

  6. CERN OHL-S 2.0, Line by Line

    the open share-alike hardware license we actually need now?

  7. Section 1106 (Loan Forgiveness) of the CARES Act

    formatted, linked, and linkable

  8. Medtronic’s PB560 Ventilator License, Line by Line

    medical device company devises copyleft license

  9. Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

    Californians probably can’t do advance directives right now, but that’s likely not what they need

  10. Against Legal Technology

    beyond the latest office software

  11. Open Source for Business 3e

    new edition of an oft-recommended book

  12. Subscribe by E-Mail

    another way to see new posts

  13. Sustain Podcast

    business models, licenses, role playing

  14. Not Those Dreams

    Nintendo purges Mario from Dreams

  15. California Medical Directives at Home

    Can we get our end-of-life wishes down without breaking health orders?

  16. Medical Advance Directives Working Group

    looking for lawyers, translators, and editors

  17. notlegaladvice.law

    shareable explainer page

  18. Blue Is Blue

    a strange thing about learned language

  19. World Tour Canceled

    mouse best plans, but what ado now?

  20. Name Calling Isn’t Precise

    “neo-closed” will come and go

  21. Terms of Service, Take Two

    shorter, higher-level, more fun

  22. Foreign Virus

    another good excuse to order in Chinese

  23. Terms of Service, Take One

    reviewing the terms you’ve already agreed to

  24. Copyleft Has No Posse

    war is over, want it or not

  25. Short Spiel on Legal Tech

    law’s retrograde rep is more about tech than law

  26. Dreams Creates a Commons?

    a video game for making video games

  27. Not Not Political

    if software matters, it’s already political

  28. This Mess We’re In

    ethics, open source, and free riding

  29. Skimming Hippocratic License Version 2.0

    text and quick thoughts

  30. Untangling Tech Merit and Tech Privilege

    section 230 is but one kind of subsidy

  31. More Accessible

    small tweaks to better accommodate readers

  32. Data Under Universal Share-Alike

    limits on effective data copyleft

  33. Reduce, Reuse, Reconsider

    if you wish to make a great hacker from scratch, let them reimplement the universe

  34. Patent Potato

    the game that never ends

  35. Scratch Other People’s Itches

    achieve more meaning and feel less alone

  36. Copyleft Should be Scary

    if the virus wasn’t scary, would we wash out hands?

  37. Portland Trip Confirmed

    February 23 to February 29

  38. Open Source Should Come With Warranties

    (from the companies who use it)

  39. CCPA Service Provider Addendum

    plain, minimal form

  40. What did I just agree to?

    Marc Jones on oddities in OSI-approved licenses

  41. Luis Villa’s Licensing Year in Review

    harassment made the list, and should have

  42. Portland in February

    See you there?

  43. Few-Maintainer Projects

    reality-driven expectations

  44. Renaming API Copyleft

    naming for purpose, not implementation

  45. Starting Noncommercial

    famous projects that started noncommercial

  46. API Copyleft 2.0.0-pre.1

    bringing the best of Parity to API Copyleft

  47. Video Footnotes

    one-way video as hackable interactive medium

  48. The Main Event

    Amazon versus Startups and the New York Times

  49. The Doorway NDA

    lawyers earning their stereotypes

  50. Paste Your Terms Into Your E-Mails

    why don’t we do the obvious thing?

  51. Teach Everyone to Be Like Us

    Moxie Marlinspike, wiser than he may have known

  52. git push is the Process

    permissionless license development now

  53. Big Time Public License

    a noncommercial, small-biz license with a big-biz fair terms guarantee

  54. Rakow 2019

    score one, illegal art people

  55. Correct and Intuitive Fairness

    How can a license say what “fair” is ahead of time?

  56. I Am Not Advising Legally

    smart people don’t understand lawyers’ disclaimers

  57. A Fistful of Services

    my go-to web applications and utilities

  58. TNR12 and Be There

    learning from others

  59. npm fund

    new subcommand and metadata standard

  60. Talking Points: Ethical Licenses

    collecting points and counterpoints

  61. Reading the WeAllJS Code of Conduct

    line-by-line and off-the-cuff

  62. XML versus JSON

    key quote form a great paper

  63. Universal Share-Alike License

    copyleft across different kinds of work

  64. Venture Capital Shill

    scapegoating free software’s failures

  65. Nomadic Lawyering

    office out, travel in?

  66. MulanPSL

    a new riff on the Apache patent bargain from China

  67. Heather Meeker on “Ethos Licensing”

    free and open is ethos licensing, too

  68. “BSD with PATENTS” and “BSD-2-Clause Plus Patent” are Not the Same

    similar licenses, very different receptions

  69. Love this License

    law brut with ASCII art

  70. Blue Oak Guide to Copyleft

    short introduction and license families

  71. Waypoint Trademark

    protecting the integrity of a standard form

  72. CASE Act Flythrough

    notes from a quick read of H.R. 2426

  73. Blue Oak Test Suite

    test cases for new public licenses

  74. Blue Oak Reading List

    reading list for lawyers new to open source

  75. XLC Building Blocks

    essential concepts and vocabulary for cross-license collaboratives

  76. Cross-License Collaboratives

    decentralizing contributor license agreements

  77. Standards, Patents, Open Source

    towards constructive collaboration across practice communities

  78. Blue Oak Guidance on Mergers and Acquisitions

    please stop paying me so much to fix reps and warranties

  79. No LICENSE

    they won’t see your funding plea if they never look

  80. Our Ethics, Not Yours

    in defense of Seth Vargo and morality-first licenses

  81. The Tyranny of Time

    licensing gives developers much-needed flexibility

  82. Open Core is Not a Good Story

    three better ways to express yourself and your company

  83. Open Legal Podcast?

    considering an open legal podcast

  84. Is this conference a good idea?

    forthcoming talk at a conference

  85. The Great Open Source Shake-Up

    more mandatory reading from Kate Downing

  86. Here Comes the CCPA

    my annotated copy of the statute

  87. Waypoint 2.0.0

    a more adaptable, international standard

  88. Changeblog

    a few thoughts on a friend’s podcast appearance

  89. Require Credit For Your Software

    a general-purpose legal tool to require credit for open work

  90. Waypoint Abroad

    seeking quick reads from non-US counsel

  91. PANDA for Privacy

    the NDA for your personal information

  92. Polyform 1.0.0

    standard noncommercial software licenses at last

  93. Heather Meeker on Patent Risk Allocation

    unique compilation of arguments and dynamics

  94. Get In, Get Out

    open source advice for new programmers breaking into the industry

  95. Help Take the Waypoint NDA International

    a call for help from common-law colleagues

  96. Open Letters

    a snail mail experiment

  97. A Twit No More

    farewell, Twitter

  98. Dark Arts at Daybreak

    the end of club rule in open source law

  99. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  100. SSPL Was Not Commons Clause

    how open licensing blew its biggest opportunity of the 2010s

  101. Polyform Project

    simple, standard, plain-language software licenses

  102. Mortarboard Licenses

    graduate to new public license terms

  103. Schools of Cohesion

    exploring the crosswise policy biases we learn from open software

  104. Prone Blogging Setup

    how to type when the pain puts you on your back

  105. Tyranny of Permissionlessness

    open source’s narrow focus further empowers those with other ways to exclude

  106. Don’t Rely on OSI Approval

    activist approval does not track practical needs

  107. AFL-3.0 versus OSL-3.0

    a redline (diff) with important network terms highlighted

  108. The Waypoint NDA

    stop wasting time on NDAs

  109. #wontfix

    endorsements can’t fix the Open Source Definition

  110. Calls to Sustainability Action via package.json

    a new proposal, schema, and tools

  111. Enterprise Ready Open Software License Supplement

    the status quo, plus money for devs

  112. Stairway to Heaven

    repairing broken steps to software license Nirvana

  113. The Diachronic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

  114. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

  115. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

  116. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

  117. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

    it’s time to retire thirty-year-old academic licenses

  118. Blue Oak Council

    opening the software commons to everyone

  119. Back to IP

    the copyright giant has a policy

  120. Indie Open Source

    developing resource for indie-ready business models

  121. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

  122. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

  123. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

  124. API Copyleft

    functionality, interfaces, and line drawing in a new copyleft paradigm

  125. Critique This License

    developing a standard paid-software license

  126. Shared Component License

    first shot at a short, plain license in the vein of Mongo’s SSPL

  127. Outer Source

    open software by closed methods

  128. The Discipline of Stated Purpose

    write out the purposes of legal terms in contracts

  129. Availability Dashboard

    professional availability now online

  130. Apache-2.0 versus ECL-2.0

    a redline (diff) showing substantive changes

  131. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

  132. Open Handicaps

    Did permissive used to advantage open work like copyleft does today?

  133. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

  134. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

  135. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

  136. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

  137. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

  138. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

  139. A Canting Tribe Are We

    attacking the NDA problem with standards networks

  140. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

  141. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

  142. Motorcycles in the Wind

    do not do or die

  143. Patents for Software Freedom

    gun-shy insurgents and the heavy weapons of IP law

  144. Bilking Angels

    celestial finance for earth-bound developers

  145. Crowd Hiring

    assurance contracts for short-term open software maintenance

  146. Quick Read of Tidelift’s Lifting Agreement

    nits picked in the developer terms for a new pay-the-devs company

  147. Private Changes in Free Software Copyleft Licenses

    Where’s the fifth freedom?

  148. Enforce Open Source Licenses with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    takedown power for DIY developers

  149. Unhappy Coincidences

    marriages of licensing convenience, and changed circumstances

  150. Selective Mythology

    defining open source for fun and profit, in the shadow of the enterprise

  151. Attending LegalHackers Summit

  152. The Decentralization Game

    tips for values-forward reformers

  153. The Posterity Public License

    a strong-attribution open source license

  154. Interviewed on Open Source and Money

    TechCrunch article on problems and solutions

  155. Digging Contracts Out of the Hole

    simple tools for drafting to be proud of

  156. California Work Made for Hire Statutes

    work made for hire contracts can make contractors employees for state employment insurance purposes

  157. Plain GDPR Processor Addendum

    open form plain-language processor addendum

  158. Plain Terms of Service

    open form terms of service for websites

  159. Proseline

    peer to peer prose editing

  160. Six Great Deals Books

    read these books

  161. Public Domain Chronicle

    a fast, easy, and free way to secure scientific methods and findings for the public domain

  162. Help Wanted

    kinds of help I could use

  163. Transparent Contract Components

    sharper tools, finer toolmarks

  164. MPL-2.0 versus OPL-2.1

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  165. Lexical Scope for Contracts

    wandering ever closer to LISP

  166. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

  167. Licence Libre du Québec – Réciprocité versus - Réciprocité forte

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  168. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

  169. The Well Appointed Skinner Box

    farewell, Medium

  170. Contract Components

    fine-grained means of abstraction in legal drafting

  171. Debian Free Software Guidelines versus the Open Source Definition

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  172. Mercenary Rapport

    moral blindness in open source as social media

  173. Unsustainability at Scale

    today’s tools for yesterday’s problems tomorrow

  174. Feed this Bear

    indie coder, promote thyself!

  175. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

  176. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

  177. Prescription Contracts

    thinking about direct lawyer guidance on rxnda.com

  178. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

  179. Nobody’s Clients

  180. RxNDA.com

    breaking the NDA logjam

  181. Seven Takeaways from the SEC DAO Report

    reading the tea leaves of the Commission’s first major ICO report

  182. Switchmode Developer Agreement

    an open form contract for open source contractors

  183. Open Software Service Terms

    legal terms for paid web apps, now available in the English language

  184. It’s Not About Community

    another view of Open Source

  185. Open Source: Theory of Operation

    a short, practical guide to open source software for programmers at work

  186. Debian 8.7 on Dell Optiplex 7010

  187. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

  188. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

    short-order feedback on the default contributor license in GitHub’s draft terms of service

  189. The Mendicant Maintainerati

    no holy fools for Open Source

  190. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

  191. The Earl of Ethereum’s Case

    Who keeps a blockchain’s conscience?

  192. Deal Mechanic

    The writing on the door.

  193. Emancipation by Reference

    I am just a copy of a copy of a copy. Everything I say you have read before.

  194. Node.js Streams

    fundamental abstractions reviewed and revisited

  195. IP Field Guide

    publicly licensed, publicly available intro for non-lawyers

  196. The JavaScript Joke Was on Me

    or, a few things learned the hard way

  197. Circulation Policy

    Confidentiality rules and procedures for the great Common Form library in the sky

  198. Annotations in Context

    A first attempt at useful, responsible Common Form annotations

  199. I Don’t Want to Know What “Open Source” Means

    I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all on GitHub.

  200. License from Who?

    Safe open-source licensing means more than a LICENSE file.

  201. The Triplebyte Plan

    The tangled web of one start-up equity plan

  202. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

  203. First Read: The Fair Source License

    Text and my first thoughts on a new, non-open source form license

  204. I’ll Never Be a Super Lawyer

    In feigned ignorance there is no grace.

  205. Startup Unix

    An open legal operating system for start-up technology companies

  206. What Enumeration Means

    Enumeration is an essential contract drafting tool. Don’t disclaim it!

  207. Template Ambiguity

    Document assembly can make ambiguity even harder to spot.

  208. The Blanks Problem

    A tough Common Form design decision explained.

  209. Term Injection

    Fighting insertion of unexpected terms in automated form contracts

  210. React Patent Redline

    Changes to Facebook’s patent grant for React, Flux, Immutable, &c.

  211. Certificated Assent

    How signed is signed enough for a hosted software licensing deal?

  212. Hacking Common Form

    Overview of existing Common Form software for programmers

  213. Terms of Service; Already Read

    Verifiable contracts should help consumers, too.

  214. Reproduction of Hierarchy

    Markdown isn’t great for contracts. HTML5 is better.

  215. Index Card Contracts

    Common Form for paper people

  216. Grab-Bag Contracts

    Might we write contracts like we fill shopping bags at the grocery store?

  217. Named Provisions

    If contract section numbers are just another namespace, can they be replaced with defined terms?

  218. vesting.js

    From code to law and back again

  219. Blind Patches

    What if open-source contributors could submit patches anonymously and choose to claim credit later?

  220. Modularity is not the Law

    Ancient and modern principles of contract interpretation work against contracts made of modular parts

  221. The Halliburton Hypothesis

    Quantifying the negotiating process to mount attacks on the confidentiality of a public contract forms repository

  222. Value Statement

    as found at the feet of my bills

  223. FTC 2014 Year in Review

    What do the FTC’s 2014 privacy and security enforcement actions teach tech companies?

  224. Common Form

    Composable, verifiable, shareable form contracts for the modern practice of law

  225. deflect.js

    An ECMAScript module fusing Node.js error-first convention with continuation passing style, plus a twist to make composed stacks of asynchronous functions dynamic

  226. Deep Data Privacy Risk

    Cheap storage technology isn’t just changing what information we store; it’s also changing how we store familiar kinds of information. Both developments have implications for privacy.