Licensing

  1. Data Under Universal Share-Alike

    limits on effective data copyleft

  2. Open Source Should Come With Warranties

    (from the companies who use it)

  3. What did I just agree to?

    Marc Jones on oddities in OSI-approved licenses

  4. Luis Villa’s Licensing Year in Review

    harassment made the list, and should have

  5. Starting Noncommercial

    famous projects that started noncommercial

  6. Correct and Intuitive Fairness

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

  7. Talking Points: Ethical Licenses

    collecting points and counterpoints

  8. Universal Share-Alike License

    copyleft across different kinds of work

  9. Heather Meeker on “Ethos Licensing”

    free and open is ethos licensing, too

  10. Blue Oak Guide to Copyleft

    short introduction and license families

  11. Blue Oak Test Suite

    test cases for new public licenses

  12. XLC Building Blocks

    essential concepts and vocabulary for cross-license collaboratives

  13. Cross-License Collaboratives

    decentralizing contributor license agreements

  14. Standards, Patents, Open Source

    towards constructive collaboration across practice communities

  15. No LICENSE

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

  16. Our Ethics, Not Yours

    in defense of Seth Vargo and morality-first licenses

  17. The Tyranny of Time

    licensing gives developers much-needed flexibility

  18. Open Legal Podcast?

    considering an open legal podcast

  19. Changeblog

    a few thoughts on a friend’s podcast appearance

  20. PolyForm 1.0.0

    standard noncommercial software licenses at last

  21. Heather Meeker on Patent Risk Allocation

    unique compilation of arguments and dynamics

  22. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  23. SSPL Was Not Commons Clause

    how open licensing blew its biggest opportunity of the 2010s

  24. PolyForm Project

    simple, standard, plain-language software licenses

  25. Mortarboard Licenses

    graduate to new public license terms

  26. Tyranny of Permissionlessness

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

  27. Don’t Rely on OSI Approval

    activist approval does not track practical needs

  28. AFL-3.0 versus OSL-3.0

    a redline (diff) with important network terms highlighted

  29. #wontfix

    endorsements can’t fix the Open Source Definition

  30. Enterprise Ready Open Software License Supplement

    the status quo, plus money for devs

  31. Stairway to Heaven

    repairing broken steps to software license Nirvana

  32. The Diachronic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

  33. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

  34. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

  35. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

  36. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

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

  37. Blue Oak Council

    opening the software commons to everyone

  38. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

  39. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

  40. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

  41. API Copyleft

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

  42. Shared Component License

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

  43. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

  44. Open Handicaps

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

  45. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

  46. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

  47. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

  48. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

  49. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

  50. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

  51. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

  52. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

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

    takedown power for DIY developers

  54. Public Domain Chronicle

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

  55. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

  56. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

  57. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

  58. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

  59. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

  60. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

  61. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

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

  62. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

  63. 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.

  64. License from Who?

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

  65. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

  66. First Read: The Fair Source License

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

  67. React Patent Redline

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