Licensing

  1. Open COVID Pledge

    public licensing for pandemic response

  2. Noncompete By Two Other Names

    Why are the last Polyform licenses taking so long?

  3. Sharetribe Community Public License 1.0, Line by Line

    another everything-but-SaaS license

  4. CERN OHL-S 2.0, Line by Line

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

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

    medical device company devises copyleft license

  6. Not Those Dreams

    Nintendo purges Mario from Dreams

  7. Copyleft Has No Posse

    war is over, want it or not

  8. Dreams Creates a Commons?

    a video game for making video games

  9. Data Under Universal Share-Alike

    limits on effective data copyleft

  10. Open Source Should Come With Warranties

    (from the companies who use it)

  11. What did I just agree to?

    Marc Jones on oddities in OSI-approved licenses

  12. Luis Villa’s Licensing Year in Review

    harassment made the list, and should have

  13. Starting Noncommercial

    famous projects that started noncommercial

  14. Correct and Intuitive Fairness

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

  15. Talking Points: Ethical Licenses

    collecting points and counterpoints

  16. Universal Share-Alike License

    copyleft across different kinds of work

  17. Heather Meeker on “Ethos Licensing”

    free and open is ethos licensing, too

  18. Blue Oak Guide to Copyleft

    short introduction and license families

  19. Blue Oak Test Suite

    test cases for new public licenses

  20. XLC Building Blocks

    essential concepts and vocabulary for cross-license collaboratives

  21. Cross-License Collaboratives

    decentralizing contributor license agreements

  22. Standards, Patents, Open Source

    towards constructive collaboration across practice communities

  23. No LICENSE

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

  24. Our Ethics, Not Yours

    in defense of Seth Vargo and morality-first licenses

  25. The Tyranny of Time

    licensing gives developers much-needed flexibility

  26. Open Legal Podcast?

    considering an open legal podcast

  27. Changeblog

    a few thoughts on a friend’s podcast appearance

  28. Polyform 1.0.0

    standard noncommercial software licenses at last

  29. Heather Meeker on Patent Risk Allocation

    unique compilation of arguments and dynamics

  30. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  31. SSPL Was Not Commons Clause

    how open licensing blew its biggest opportunity of the 2010s

  32. Polyform Project

    simple, standard, plain-language software licenses

  33. Mortarboard Licenses

    graduate to new public license terms

  34. Tyranny of Permissionlessness

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

  35. Don’t Rely on OSI Approval

    activist approval does not track practical needs

  36. AFL-3.0 versus OSL-3.0

    a redline (diff) with important network terms highlighted

  37. #wontfix

    endorsements can’t fix the Open Source Definition

  38. Enterprise Ready Open Software License Supplement

    the status quo, plus money for devs

  39. Stairway to Heaven

    repairing broken steps to software license Nirvana

  40. The Diachronic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

  41. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

  42. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

  43. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

  44. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

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

  45. Blue Oak Council

    opening the software commons to everyone

  46. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

  47. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

  48. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

  49. API Copyleft

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

  50. Shared Component License

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

  51. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

  52. Open Handicaps

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

  53. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

  54. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

  55. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

  56. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

  57. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

  58. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

  59. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

  60. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

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

    takedown power for DIY developers

  62. Public Domain Chronicle

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

  63. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

  64. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

  65. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

  66. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

  67. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

  68. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

  69. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

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

  70. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

  71. 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.

  72. License from Who?

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

  73. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

  74. First Read: The Fair Source License

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

  75. React Patent Redline

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