1. Protestant Work Product

    recognizing overwork in the field

  2. Turnstile

    springboard website terms of service

  3. Progressive Standardization

    standarized contracting can also be flexible

  4. PolyForm Noncompete Licenses

    two new, long-awaited forms

  5. Springboard Agreements

    putting a name to a tool

  6. Lawyerization

    vocabulary for lawyer involvement and influence

  7. “Open Source” Is Nobody’s Property

    if OSI owned it, they wouldn’t be so touchy about it

  8. Two Tiny Web Apps

    long-serving micro-groupware

  9. Name this Contract Type

    agreements incorporating all their terms by reference

  10. Allowable Tolerances

    law can learn a lot from the trades

  11. Antidote

    critical and alternative views on free and open source software

  12. Pay-Per-Law, Inc.

    the glory and agony of Georgia v. Public Resource

  13. Neighbor Meals

    ground game for safer group takeout

  14. redline.commonform.org

    compare Common Form markup online

  15. Common-Pool Pushovers

    Elinor Ostrom without boundaries

  16. edit.commonform.org

    try Common Form’s editing tools online

  17. Common Form, Simplified

    publish, share, save our souls

  18. Locked-In Customers Anonymous

    stop buying software from assholes

  19. No Thanks

    software freedom without programmers

  20. Site of Shame

    if you can’t negotiate, castigate?

  21. The Tote Bag

    remembering the Great Recession

  22. Do Not Track or Do Not Sell

    conflict or convenience?

  23. Open COVID Pledge

    public licensing for pandemic response

  24. Noncompete By Two Other Names

    Why are the last PolyForm licenses taking so long?

  25. Sharetribe Community Public License 1.0, Line by Line

    another everything-but-SaaS license

  26. Intelligent Perception

    low bow to the legal laity

  27. Take the Money and Run

    if you’re not hurting, try helping

  28. CERN OHL-S 2.0, Line by Line

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

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

    formatted, linked, and linkable

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

    medical device company devises copyleft license

  31. Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

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

  32. Against Legal Technology

    beyond the latest office software

  33. Open Source for Business 3e

    new edition of an oft-recommended book

  34. Subscribe by E-Mail

    another way to see new posts

  35. Sustain Podcast

    business models, licenses, role playing

  36. Not Those Dreams

    Nintendo purges Mario from Dreams

  37. California Medical Directives at Home

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

  38. Medical Advance Directives Working Group

    looking for lawyers, translators, and editors

  39. notlegaladvice.law

    shareable explainer page

  40. Blue Is Blue

    a strange thing about learned language

  41. World Tour Canceled

    mouse best plans, but what ado now?

  42. Name Calling Isn’t Precise

    “neo-closed” will come and go

  43. Terms of Service, Take Two

    shorter, higher-level, more fun

  44. Foreign Virus

    another good excuse to order in Chinese

  45. Terms of Service, Take One

    reviewing the terms you’ve already agreed to

  46. Copyleft Has No Posse

    war is over, want it or not

  47. Short Spiel on Legal Tech

    law’s retrograde rep is more about tech than law

  48. Dreams Creates a Commons?

    a video game for making video games

  49. Not Not Political

    if software matters, it’s already political

  50. This Mess We’re In

    ethics, open source, and free riding

  51. Skimming Hippocratic License Version 2.0

    text and quick thoughts

  52. Untangling Tech Merit and Tech Privilege

    section 230 is but one kind of subsidy

  53. More Accessible

    small tweaks to better accommodate readers

  54. Data Under Universal Share-Alike

    limits on effective data copyleft

  55. Reduce, Reuse, Reconsider

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

  56. Patent Potato

    the game that never ends

  57. Scratch Other People’s Itches

    achieve more meaning and feel less alone

  58. Copyleft Should be Scary

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

  59. Portland Trip Confirmed

    February 23 to February 29

  60. Open Source Should Come With Warranties

    (from the companies who use it)

  61. CCPA Service Provider Addendum

    plain, minimal form

  62. What did I just agree to?

    Marc Jones on oddities in OSI-approved licenses

  63. Luis Villa’s Licensing Year in Review

    harassment made the list, and should have

  64. Portland in February

    See you there?

  65. Few-Maintainer Projects

    reality-driven expectations

  66. Renaming API Copyleft

    naming for purpose, not implementation

  67. Starting Noncommercial

    famous projects that started noncommercial

  68. API Copyleft 2.0.0-pre.1

    bringing the best of Parity to API Copyleft

  69. Video Footnotes

    one-way video as hackable interactive medium

  70. The Main Event

    Amazon versus Startups and the New York Times

  71. The Doorway NDA

    lawyers earning their stereotypes

  72. Paste Your Terms Into Your E-Mails

    why don’t we do the obvious thing?

  73. Teach Everyone to Be Like Us

    Moxie Marlinspike, wiser than he may have known

  74. git push is the Process

    permissionless license development now

  75. Big Time Public License

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

  76. Rakow 2019

    score one, illegal art people

  77. Correct and Intuitive Fairness

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

  78. I Am Not Advising Legally

    smart people don’t understand lawyers’ disclaimers

  79. A Fistful of Services

    my go-to web applications and utilities

  80. TNR12 and Be There

    learning from others

  81. npm fund

    new subcommand and metadata standard

  82. Talking Points: Ethical Licenses

    collecting points and counterpoints

  83. Reading the WeAllJS Code of Conduct

    line-by-line and off-the-cuff

  84. XML versus JSON

    key quote form a great paper

  85. Universal Share-Alike License

    copyleft across different kinds of work

  86. Venture Capital Shill

    scapegoating free software’s failures

  87. Nomadic Lawyering

    office out, travel in?

  88. MulanPSL

    a new riff on the Apache patent bargain from China

  89. Heather Meeker on “Ethos Licensing”

    free and open is ethos licensing, too

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

    similar licenses, very different receptions

  91. Love this License

    law brut with ASCII art

  92. Blue Oak Guide to Copyleft

    short introduction and license families

  93. Waypoint Trademark

    protecting the integrity of a standard form

  94. CASE Act Flythrough

    notes from a quick read of H.R. 2426

  95. Blue Oak Test Suite

    test cases for new public licenses

  96. Blue Oak Reading List

    reading list for lawyers new to open source

  97. XLC Building Blocks

    essential concepts and vocabulary for cross-license collaboratives

  98. Cross-License Collaboratives

    decentralizing contributor license agreements

  99. Standards, Patents, Open Source

    towards constructive collaboration across practice communities

  100. Blue Oak Guidance on Mergers and Acquisitions

    please stop paying me so much to fix reps and warranties

  101. No LICENSE

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

  102. Our Ethics, Not Yours

    in defense of Seth Vargo and morality-first licenses

  103. The Tyranny of Time

    licensing gives developers much-needed flexibility

  104. Open Core is Not a Good Story

    three better ways to express yourself and your company

  105. Open Legal Podcast?

    considering an open legal podcast

  106. Is this conference a good idea?

    forthcoming talk at a conference

  107. The Great Open Source Shake-Up

    more mandatory reading from Kate Downing

  108. Here Comes the CCPA

    my annotated copy of the statute

  109. Waypoint 2.0.0

    a more adaptable, international standard

  110. Changeblog

    a few thoughts on a friend’s podcast appearance

  111. Require Credit For Your Software

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

  112. Waypoint Abroad

    seeking quick reads from non-US counsel

  113. PANDA for Privacy

    the NDA for your personal information

  114. PolyForm 1.0.0

    standard noncommercial software licenses at last

  115. Heather Meeker on Patent Risk Allocation

    unique compilation of arguments and dynamics

  116. Get In, Get Out

    open source advice for new programmers breaking into the industry

  117. Help Take the Waypoint NDA International

    a call for help from common-law colleagues

  118. Open Letters

    a snail mail experiment

  119. A Twit No More

    farewell, Twitter

  120. Dark Arts at Daybreak

    the end of club rule in open source law

  121. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  122. SSPL Was Not Commons Clause

    how open licensing blew its biggest opportunity of the 2010s

  123. PolyForm Project

    simple, standard, plain-language software licenses

  124. Mortarboard Licenses

    graduate to new public license terms

  125. Schools of Cohesion

    exploring the crosswise policy biases we learn from open software

  126. Prone Blogging Setup

    how to type when the pain puts you on your back

  127. Tyranny of Permissionlessness

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

  128. Don’t Rely on OSI Approval

    activist approval does not track practical needs

  129. AFL-3.0 versus OSL-3.0

    a redline (diff) with important network terms highlighted

  130. The Waypoint NDA

    stop wasting time on NDAs

  131. #wontfix

    endorsements can’t fix the Open Source Definition

  132. Calls to Sustainability Action via package.json

    a new proposal, schema, and tools

  133. Enterprise Ready Open Software License Supplement

    the status quo, plus money for devs

  134. Stairway to Heaven

    repairing broken steps to software license Nirvana

  135. The Diachronic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

  136. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

  137. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

  138. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

  139. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

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

  140. Blue Oak Council

    opening the software commons to everyone

  141. Back to IP

    the copyright giant has a policy

  142. Indie Open Source

    developing resource for indie-ready business models

  143. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

  144. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

  145. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

  146. API Copyleft

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

  147. Critique This License

    developing a standard paid-software license

  148. Shared Component License

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

  149. Outer Source

    open software by closed methods

  150. The Discipline of Stated Purpose

    write out the purposes of legal terms in contracts

  151. Availability Dashboard

    professional availability now online

  152. Apache-2.0 versus ECL-2.0

    a redline (diff) showing substantive changes

  153. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

  154. Open Handicaps

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

  155. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

  156. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

  157. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

  158. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

  159. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

  160. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

  161. A Canting Tribe Are We

    attacking the NDA problem with standards networks

  162. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

  163. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

  164. Motorcycles in the Wind

    do not do or die

  165. Patents for Software Freedom

    gun-shy insurgents and the heavy weapons of IP law

  166. Bilking Angels

    celestial finance for earth-bound developers

  167. Crowd Hiring

    assurance contracts for short-term open software maintenance

  168. Quick Read of Tidelift’s Lifting Agreement

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

  169. Private Changes in Free Software Copyleft Licenses

    Where’s the fifth freedom?

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

    takedown power for DIY developers

  171. Unhappy Coincidences

    marriages of licensing convenience, and changed circumstances

  172. Selective Mythology

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

  173. Attending LegalHackers Summit

  174. The Decentralization Game

    tips for values-forward reformers

  175. The Posterity Public License

    a strong-attribution open source license

  176. Interviewed on Open Source and Money

    TechCrunch article on problems and solutions

  177. Digging Contracts Out of the Hole

    simple tools for drafting to be proud of

  178. California Work Made for Hire Statutes

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

  179. Plain GDPR Processor Addendum

    open form plain-language processor addendum

  180. Plain Terms of Service

    open form terms of service for websites

  181. Proseline

    peer to peer prose editing

  182. Six Great Deals Books

    read these books

  183. Public Domain Chronicle

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

  184. Help Wanted

    kinds of help I could use

  185. Transparent Contract Components

    sharper tools, finer toolmarks

  186. MPL-2.0 versus OPL-2.1

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  187. Lexical Scope for Contracts

    wandering ever closer to LISP

  188. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

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

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  190. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

  191. The Well Appointed Skinner Box

    farewell, Medium

  192. Contract Components

    fine-grained means of abstraction in legal drafting

  193. Debian Free Software Guidelines versus the Open Source Definition

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  194. Mercenary Rapport

    moral blindness in open source as social media

  195. Unsustainability at Scale

    today’s tools for yesterday’s problems tomorrow

  196. Feed this Bear

    indie coder, promote thyself!

  197. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

  198. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

  199. Prescription Contracts

    thinking about direct lawyer guidance on rxnda.com

  200. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

  201. Nobody’s Clients

  202. RxNDA.com

    breaking the NDA logjam

  203. Seven Takeaways from the SEC DAO Report

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

  204. Switchmode Developer Agreement

    an open form contract for open source contractors

  205. Open Software Service Terms

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

  206. It’s Not About Community

    another view of Open Source

  207. Open Source: Theory of Operation

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

  208. Debian 8.7 on Dell Optiplex 7010

  209. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

  210. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

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

  211. The Mendicant Maintainerati

    no holy fools for Open Source

  212. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

  213. The Earl of Ethereum’s Case

    Who keeps a blockchain’s conscience?

  214. Deal Mechanic

    The writing on the door.

  215. Emancipation by Reference

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

  216. Node.js Streams

    fundamental abstractions reviewed and revisited

  217. IP Field Guide

    publicly licensed, publicly available intro for non-lawyers

  218. The JavaScript Joke Was on Me

    or, a few things learned the hard way

  219. Circulation Policy

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

  220. Annotations in Context

    A first attempt at useful, responsible Common Form annotations

  221. 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.

  222. License from Who?

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

  223. The Triplebyte Plan

    The tangled web of one start-up equity plan

  224. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

  225. First Read: The Fair Source License

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

  226. I’ll Never Be a Super Lawyer

    In feigned ignorance there is no grace.

  227. Startup Unix

    An open legal operating system for start-up technology companies

  228. What Enumeration Means

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

  229. Template Ambiguity

    Document assembly can make ambiguity even harder to spot.

  230. The Blanks Problem

    A tough Common Form design decision explained.

  231. Term Injection

    Fighting insertion of unexpected terms in automated form contracts

  232. React Patent Redline

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

  233. Certificated Assent

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

  234. Hacking Common Form

    Overview of existing Common Form software for programmers

  235. Terms of Service; Already Read

    Verifiable contracts should help consumers, too.

  236. Reproduction of Hierarchy

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

  237. Index Card Contracts

    Common Form for paper people

  238. Grab-Bag Contracts

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

  239. Named Provisions

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

  240. vesting.js

    From code to law and back again

  241. Blind Patches

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

  242. Modularity is not the Law

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

  243. The Halliburton Hypothesis

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

  244. Value Statement

    as found at the feet of my bills

  245. FTC 2014 Year in Review

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

  246. Common Form

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

  247. 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

  248. 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.