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  1. AWS Contributor Licensing Blurb

    another mutation from the cauldron of CLA angst

  2. Single CLA

    taking back contributor licensing for developers

  3. The Kingsway Basic License

    hip hop terms through a software lens

  4. Standardize Commercial Software Licensing

    announcing PolyForm Commercial, with a call for help

  5. Creative Commons’ 2021-2025 Strategy

    a scene stalwart turns “ethical”

  6. Open Gaming Deja Vu

    a clear-eyed view of open from 1999

  7. The Origin of the “MIT License”

    how did those famous terms come about?

  8. Cross License Foundations

    decentralized stewardship of collaborative projects

  9. The Chalkeaters’ License

    effective folk licensing in the wild

  10. ml5.js Takes a Stand

    a code of conduct with teeth, in the wild

  11. The War on License Notices

    managing uncertainty at the fringes of open licensing

  12. Copyright Notices Begone

    pointless costs of ancient licenses

  13. PolyForm Defensive is Now PolyForm Shield

    feedback strikes again

  14. Acceptable Use

    different delivery, same rules

  15. Round Robin 1.0.0

    ready for the field

  16. Round Robin License

    new name, new terms, same great idea

  17. PolyForm Noncompete Licenses

    two new, long-awaited forms

  18. Open COVID Pledge

    public licensing for pandemic response

  19. Noncompete By Two Other Names

    Why are the last PolyForm licenses taking so long?

  20. Sharetribe Community Public License 1.0, Line by Line

    another everything-but-SaaS license

  21. CERN OHL-S 2.0, Line by Line

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

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

    medical device company devises copyleft license

  23. Not Those Dreams

    Nintendo purges Mario from Dreams

  24. Copyleft Has No Posse

    war is over, want it or not

  25. Dreams Creates a Commons?

    a video game for making video games

  26. Data Under Universal Share-Alike

    limits on effective data copyleft

  27. Open Source Should Come With Warranties

    (from the companies who use it)

  28. What did I just agree to?

    Marc Jones on oddities in OSI-approved licenses

  29. Luis Villa’s Licensing Year in Review

    harassment made the list, and should have

  30. Starting Noncommercial

    famous projects that started noncommercial

  31. Correct and Intuitive Fairness

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

  32. Talking Points: Ethical Licenses

    collecting points and counterpoints

  33. Universal Share-Alike License

    copyleft across different kinds of work

  34. Heather Meeker on “Ethos Licensing”

    free and open is ethos licensing, too

  35. Blue Oak Guide to Copyleft

    short introduction and license families

  36. Blue Oak Test Suite

    test cases for new public licenses

  37. XLC Building Blocks

    essential concepts and vocabulary for cross-license collaboratives

  38. Cross-License Collaboratives

    decentralizing contributor license agreements

  39. Standards, Patents, Open Source

    towards constructive collaboration across practice communities

  40. No LICENSE

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

  41. Our Ethics, Not Yours

    in defense of Seth Vargo and morality-first licenses

  42. The Tyranny of Time

    licensing gives developers much-needed flexibility

  43. Open Legal Podcast?

    considering an open legal podcast

  44. Changeblog

    a few thoughts on a friend’s podcast appearance

  45. PolyForm 1.0.0

    standard noncommercial software licenses at last

  46. Heather Meeker on Patent Risk Allocation

    unique compilation of arguments and dynamics

  47. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  48. SSPL Was Not Commons Clause

    how open licensing blew its biggest opportunity of the 2010s

  49. PolyForm Project

    simple, standard, plain-language software licenses

  50. Mortarboard Licenses

    graduate to new public license terms

  51. Tyranny of Permissionlessness

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

  52. Don’t Rely on OSI Approval

    activist approval does not track practical needs

  53. AFL-3.0 versus OSL-3.0

    a redline (diff) with important network terms highlighted

  54. #wontfix

    endorsements can’t fix the Open Source Definition

  55. Enterprise Ready Open Software License Supplement

    the status quo, plus money for devs

  56. Stairway to Heaven

    repairing broken steps to software license Nirvana

  57. The Diachronic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

  58. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

  59. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

  60. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

  61. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

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

  62. Blue Oak Council

    opening the software commons to everyone

  63. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

  64. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

  65. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

  66. API Copyleft

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

  67. Shared Component License

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

  68. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

  69. Open Handicaps

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

  70. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

  71. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

  72. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

  73. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

  74. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

  75. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

  76. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

  77. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

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

    takedown power for DIY developers

  79. Public Domain Chronicle

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

  80. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

  81. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

  82. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

  83. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

  84. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

  85. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

  86. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

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

  87. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

  88. 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.

  89. License from Who?

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

  90. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

  91. First Read: The Fair Source License

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

  92. React Patent Redline

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