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All content by Kyle E. Mitchell, who is not your attorney.

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  1. The Diacrhonic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

    • Sketches
    • Open Source
    • Licensing
  2. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Copyleft
  3. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Ethics
  4. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Copyleft
  5. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

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

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Intellectual Property
  6. Blue Oak Council

    opening the software commons to everyone

    • Nonprofits
    • Intellectual Property
    • Licensing
  7. Back to IP

    the copyright giant has a policy

    • Open Source
    • Intellectual Property
    • Sustainability
  8. Indie Open Source

    developing resource for indie-ready business models

    • Open Source
    • Business Models
    • Forms
    • Licenses
  9. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Reading
    • Teaching
  10. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

    • licensing
    • open source
    • copyleft
    • open core
  11. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

    • Copyleft
    • Licensing
    • Open Source
  12. API Copyleft

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

    • Copyleft
    • Licensing
    • Open Source
    • SSPL
  13. Critique This License

    developing a standard paid-software license

    • Contracts
    • Forms
    • Software
  14. Shared Component License

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

    • Copyleft
    • Licensing
    • Open Source
    • SSPL
  15. Outer Source

    open software by closed methods

    • Copyleft
    • Development Methodology
    • Open Source
    • Software Freedom
  16. The Discipline of Stated Purpose

    write out the purposes of legal terms in contracts

    • Drafting
    • Contracts
    • License
  17. Availability Dashboard

    professional availability now online

  18. Apache-2.0 versus ECL-2.0

    a redline (diff) showing substantive changes

    • Open Source
    • Licenses
  19. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

    • Governance
    • Licensing
    • Open Source
  20. Open Handicaps

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

    • open source
    • licensing
    • copyleft
    • sustainability
  21. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

    • Business Models
    • Licensing
    • Open Source
    • SSPL
  22. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

    • SSPL
    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Copyleft
  23. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

    • SSPL
    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Copyleft
  24. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Copyleft
    • SSPL
  25. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Funding
  26. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
  27. A Canting Tribe Are We

    attacking the NDA problem with standards networks

    • Contracts
    • RxNDA
    • Canting Tribe
    • Standardization
  28. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

    • Killjoy
    • Open Source
    • Licensing
  29. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Governance
  30. Motorcycles in the Wind

    do not do or die

    • Motorcycles
  31. Patents for Software Freedom

    gun-shy insurgents and the heavy weapons of IP law

    • Killjoy
    • Open Source
    • Patents
    • Software Freedom
  32. Bilking Angels

    celestial finance for earth-bound developers

    • Killjoy
    • Open Source
    • Funding
  33. Crowd Hiring

    assurance contracts for short-term open software maintenance

    • Open Source
    • Legal Technology
    • Contracts
  34. Quick Read of Tidelift’s Lifting Agreement

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

    • Open Source
    • Contracts
    • Intellectual Property
  35. Private Changes in Free Software Copyleft Licenses

    Where’s the fifth freedom?

    • Open Source
    • Free Software
    • Licenses
  36. Enforce Open Source Licenses with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    takedown power for DIY developers

    • Killjoy
    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • DMCA
  37. Unhappy Coincidences

    marriages of licensing convenience, and changed circumstances

    • Open Source
    • Licenses
    • Drafting
  38. Selective Mythology

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

    • open source
    • procurement
  39. Attending LegalHackers Summit

  40. The Decentralization Game

    tips for values-forward reformers

  41. The Posterity Public License

    a strong-attribution open source license

    • open source
    • licenses
  42. Interviewed on Open Source and Money

    TechCrunch article on problems and solutions

  43. Digging Contracts Out of the Hole

    simple tools for drafting to be proud of

    • Common Form
    • Contracts
    • Law
  44. California Work Made for Hire Statutes

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

    • Law
    • California
    • Contracts
    • Copyright
  45. Plain GDPR Processor Addendum

    open form plain-language processor addendum

    • Forms
    • Contracts
    • Privacy
    • GDPR
  46. Plain Terms of Service

    open form terms of service for websites

    • Forms
    • Contracts
  47. Proseline

    peer to peer prose editing

    • Software
    • Peer-to-Peer
  48. Six Great Deals Books

    read these books

    • Law
    • Contracts
    • Drafting
  49. Public Domain Chronicle

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

    • Science
    • Licensing
    • Patents
  50. Help Wanted

    kinds of help I could use

    • Projects
  51. Transparent Contract Components

    sharper tools, finer toolmarks

    • Common Form
    • Contract Drafting
    • Contract Architecture
  52. MPL-2.0 versus OPL-2.1

    a redline (diff) showing changes

    • Open Source
    • Licenses
    • Drafting
  53. Lexical Scope for Contracts

    wandering ever closer to LISP

    • Common Form
    • Contract Drafting
    • Contract Architecture
  54. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

    • Projects
    • Licensing
    • Open Source
  55. Licence Libre du Québec – Réciprocité versus - Réciprocité forte

    a redline (diff) showing changes

    • Open Source
    • Licenses
    • Drafting
  56. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
  57. The Well Appointed Skinner Box

    farewell, Medium

    • Blog
    • Writing
    • Social Media
  58. Contract Components

    fine-grained means of abstraction in legal drafting

    • Common Form
    • Contract Drafting
    • Contract Architecture
  59. Debian Free Software Guidelines versus the Open Source Definition

    a redline (diff) showing changes

    • Open Source
  60. Mercenary Rapport

    moral blindness in open source as social media

    • Open Source
    • Unsustainability at Scale
    • Social Media
  61. Unsustainability at Scale

    today’s tools for yesterday’s problems tomorrow

    • Open Source
    • Sustainability
  62. Feed this Bear

    indie coder, promote thyself!

    • Open Source
    • Contracts
  63. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

    • Intellectual Property
    • Clients
    • Open Source
    • Licensing
  64. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

    • Licensing
    • Open Source
    • License Zero
  65. Prescription Contracts

    thinking about direct lawyer guidance on rxnda.com

    • RxNDA
    • Contracts
    • Confidentiality
  66. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

    • Licensing
    • Open Source
    • Policy
  67. Nobody’s Clients

    • Legal Profession
    • Legal Technology
    • Personal Notes
  68. RxNDA.com

    breaking the NDA logjam

    • RxNDA
    • Contracts
    • Software
  69. Seven Takeaways from the SEC DAO Report

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

    • Blockchain
    • Cryptocurrency
    • Securities
  70. Switchmode Developer Agreement

    an open form contract for open source contractors

    • Contracts
    • Forms
    • Open Source
  71. Open Software Service Terms

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

    • Contracts
    • Forms
    • Open Source
  72. It’s Not About Community

    another view of Open Source

    • Open Source
    • Legal Profession
  73. Open Source: Theory of Operation

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

    • Open Source
    • Licenses
  74. Debian 8.7 on Dell Optiplex 7010

  75. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
  76. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

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

    • Open Source
    • GitHub
    • Licensing
  77. The Mendicant Maintainerati

    no holy fools for Open Source

    • Open Source
    • Contracting
    • Governance
  78. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
  79. The Earl of Ethereum’s Case

    Who keeps a blockchain’s conscience?

    • Blockchains
    • Ethereum
    • Governance
    • History of Law
  80. Deal Mechanic

    The writing on the door.

    • Law Practice
  81. Emancipation by Reference

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

    • Common Form
    • Contracts
    • Lawyering
  82. Node.js Streams

    fundamental abstractions reviewed and revisited

    • Node.js
    • JavaScript
    • Design Patterns
  83. IP Field Guide

    publicly licensed, publicly available intro for non-lawyers

    • Copyright
    • Patent
    • Trade Secret
    • Trademark
  84. The JavaScript Joke Was on Me

    or, a few things learned the hard way

    • JavaScript
    • Programming
  85. Circulation Policy

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

    • Common Form
    • Confidentiality
  86. Annotations in Context

    A first attempt at useful, responsible Common Form annotations

    • Common Form
    • Privacy
    • Confidentiality
  87. 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.

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
  88. License from Who?

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

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Provenance
  89. The Triplebyte Plan

    The tangled web of one start-up equity plan

    • Start-Ups
    • Securities
    • Document Structure
  90. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
  91. First Read: The Fair Source License

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

    • Open Source
    • Licensing
    • Drafting
  92. I’ll Never Be a Super Lawyer

    In feigned ignorance there is no grace.

    • Legal Profession
    • Marketing
    • Open Legal Data
  93. Startup Unix

    An open legal operating system for start-up technology companies

    • Legal
    • Open Source
    • Start-up Companies
  94. What Enumeration Means

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

    • Contracts
    • Ambiguity
    • Software
  95. Template Ambiguity

    Document assembly can make ambiguity even harder to spot.

    • Ambiguity
    • Contracts
    • Templates
  96. The Blanks Problem

    A tough Common Form design decision explained.

    • Common Form
    • Contracts
  97. Term Injection

    Fighting insertion of unexpected terms in automated form contracts

    • Contracts
    • Security
    • Common Form
  98. React Patent Redline

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

    • Patent
    • Licensing
    • Open Source
  99. Certificated Assent

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

    • Contracts
    • Law
    • SaaS
  100. Hacking Common Form

    Overview of existing Common Form software for programmers

    • Common Form
    • Programming
  101. Terms of Service; Already Read

    Verifiable contracts should help consumers, too.

    • Privacy
    • Common Form
  102. Reproduction of Hierarchy

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

    • Contracts
    • Software
    • Common Form
  103. Index Card Contracts

    Common Form for paper people

    • Common Form
    • Contracts
  104. Grab-Bag Contracts

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

    • Law
    • Contracts
    • Common Form
  105. Named Provisions

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

    • Law
    • Contracts
    • Drafting
    • Modularity
  106. vesting.js

    From code to law and back again

    • Law
    • Programming
    • Startups
    • Common Form
  107. Blind Patches

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

    • Open Source
    • Collaboration
    • Privacy
  108. Modularity is not the Law

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

    • Common Form
    • Contracts
    • Modularity
  109. The Halliburton Hypothesis

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

    • Law
    • Contracts
    • Data
  110. Value Statement

    as found at the feet of my bills

    • Professional Fees
    • Law Practice
  111. FTC 2014 Year in Review

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

    • Law
    • Privacy
    • Security
    • Start-ups
    • Federal Trade Commission
  112. Common Form

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

    • Contracts
    • Law
    • Software
  113. 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

    • Programming
    • Node.js
    • ECMAScript
  114. 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.

    • Privacy
    • Databases
    • Big Data