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  1. We Were Wrong About the GPLs

    an unsurprising admission in Conservancy v. Vizio

  2. Where is the rule that makes vague license rules legal no-ops?

    fear, uncertainty, and doubt upon ethical licenses

  3. On-Cloud Licensing

    the wheel of software delivery keeps on turning

  4. NVIDIA Prismer License

    another noncommercial model license, kind of

  5. Open RAIL-M Is More Unclear Than Scary

    Does AI devs want to fight abuse, or just not feel bad about enabling it?

  6. Big Time Public License 2.0.0

    much improved by generous feedback

  7. MIT for Noncommercial is Broken

    use a real noncommercial software license

  8. GPL Had Better be a Contract

    SFC’s Vizio suit brings the right kind of claim

  9. License Round-Up

    listing licenses I’ve contributed to

  10. Big Time Public License 1.0.0

    a FRAND-ly license for software

  11. Citation Hustle

    hooking into academe for fair code credit

  12. Drafter’s Anxiety

    writing new licenses isn’t scary

  13. Code Credit License 1.0.0

    a code-for-credit software license

  14. Normally Open & Normally Closed

    simple templates for restricted terms

  15. Sharetribe Community Public License 1.0, Line by Line

    another everything-but-SaaS license

  16. Open Source for Business 3e

    new edition of an oft-recommended book

  17. This Mess We’re In

    ethics, open source, and free riding

  18. Skimming Hippocratic License Version 2.0

    text and quick thoughts

  19. Renaming API Copyleft

    naming for purpose, not implementation

  20. API Copyleft 2.0.0-pre.1

    bringing the best of Parity to API Copyleft

  21. git push is the Process

    permissionless license development now

  22. Big Time Public License

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

  23. MulanPSL

    a new riff on the Apache patent bargain from China

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

    similar licenses, very different receptions

  25. Love this License

    law brut with ASCII art

  26. Require Credit For Your Software

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

  27. Indie Open Source

    developing resource for indie-ready business models

  28. The Discipline of Stated Purpose

    write out the purposes of legal terms in contracts

  29. Apache-2.0 versus ECL-2.0

    a redline (diff) showing substantive changes

  30. Private Changes in Free Software Copyleft Licenses

    Where’s the fifth freedom?

  31. Unhappy Coincidences

    marriages of licensing convenience, and changed circumstances

  32. The Posterity Public License

    a strong-attribution open source license

  33. MPL-2.0 versus OPL-2.1

    a redline (diff) showing changes

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

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  35. Open Source: Theory of Operation

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