Licensing

  1. Standardize Commercial Software Licensing

    announcing PolyForm Commercial, with a call for help

  2. Creative Commons’ 2021-2025 Strategy

    a scene stalwart turns “ethical”

  3. Open Gaming Deja Vu

    a clear-eyed view of open from 1999

  4. The Origin of the “MIT License”

    how did those famous terms come about?

  5. Cross License Foundations

    decentralized stewardship of collaborative projects

  6. The Chalkeaters’ License

    effective folk licensing in the wild

  7. ml5.js Takes a Stand

    a code of conduct with teeth, in the wild

  8. The War on License Notices

    managing uncertainty at the fringes of open licensing

  9. Copyright Notices Begone

    pointless costs of ancient licenses

  10. PolyForm Defensive is Now PolyForm Shield

    feedback strikes again

  11. Acceptable Use

    different delivery, same rules

  12. Round Robin 1.0.0

    ready for the field

  13. Round Robin License

    new name, new terms, same great idea

  14. PolyForm Noncompete Licenses

    two new, long-awaited forms

  15. Open COVID Pledge

    public licensing for pandemic response

  16. Noncompete By Two Other Names

    Why are the last PolyForm licenses taking so long?

  17. Sharetribe Community Public License 1.0, Line by Line

    another everything-but-SaaS license

  18. CERN OHL-S 2.0, Line by Line

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

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

    medical device company devises copyleft license

  20. Not Those Dreams

    Nintendo purges Mario from Dreams

  21. Copyleft Has No Posse

    war is over, want it or not

  22. Dreams Creates a Commons?

    a video game for making video games

  23. Data Under Universal Share-Alike

    limits on effective data copyleft

  24. Open Source Should Come With Warranties

    (from the companies who use it)

  25. What did I just agree to?

    Marc Jones on oddities in OSI-approved licenses

  26. Luis Villa’s Licensing Year in Review

    harassment made the list, and should have

  27. Starting Noncommercial

    famous projects that started noncommercial

  28. Correct and Intuitive Fairness

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

  29. Talking Points: Ethical Licenses

    collecting points and counterpoints

  30. Universal Share-Alike License

    copyleft across different kinds of work

  31. Heather Meeker on “Ethos Licensing”

    free and open is ethos licensing, too

  32. Blue Oak Guide to Copyleft

    short introduction and license families

  33. Blue Oak Test Suite

    test cases for new public licenses

  34. XLC Building Blocks

    essential concepts and vocabulary for cross-license collaboratives

  35. Cross-License Collaboratives

    decentralizing contributor license agreements

  36. Standards, Patents, Open Source

    towards constructive collaboration across practice communities

  37. No LICENSE

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

  38. Our Ethics, Not Yours

    in defense of Seth Vargo and morality-first licenses

  39. The Tyranny of Time

    licensing gives developers much-needed flexibility

  40. Open Legal Podcast?

    considering an open legal podcast

  41. Changeblog

    a few thoughts on a friend’s podcast appearance

  42. PolyForm 1.0.0

    standard noncommercial software licenses at last

  43. Heather Meeker on Patent Risk Allocation

    unique compilation of arguments and dynamics

  44. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  45. SSPL Was Not Commons Clause

    how open licensing blew its biggest opportunity of the 2010s

  46. PolyForm Project

    simple, standard, plain-language software licenses

  47. Mortarboard Licenses

    graduate to new public license terms

  48. Tyranny of Permissionlessness

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

  49. Don’t Rely on OSI Approval

    activist approval does not track practical needs

  50. AFL-3.0 versus OSL-3.0

    a redline (diff) with important network terms highlighted

  51. #wontfix

    endorsements can’t fix the Open Source Definition

  52. Enterprise Ready Open Software License Supplement

    the status quo, plus money for devs

  53. Stairway to Heaven

    repairing broken steps to software license Nirvana

  54. The Diachronic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

  55. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

  56. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

  57. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

  58. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

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

  59. Blue Oak Council

    opening the software commons to everyone

  60. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

  61. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

  62. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

  63. API Copyleft

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

  64. Shared Component License

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

  65. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

  66. Open Handicaps

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

  67. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

  68. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

  69. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

  70. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

  71. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

  72. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

  73. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

  74. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

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

    takedown power for DIY developers

  76. Public Domain Chronicle

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

  77. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

  78. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

  79. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

  80. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

  81. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

  82. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

  83. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

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

  84. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

  85. 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.

  86. License from Who?

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

  87. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

  88. First Read: The Fair Source License

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

  89. React Patent Redline

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