Open Source

  1. How Congress Sees Open Source

    a view from outside

  2. Copyright Notices Begone

    pointless costs of ancient licenses

  3. From Justice With Love

    the antitrust division groks open source strategy

  4. Mix Many Metaphors

    analogies galore in Oracle v. Google oral argument

  5. Oracle v. Google Oral Argument

    major league copyright lawyering at bat

  6. The Ethical Consequences of Our Collective Activities

    professional ethics as the missing root of entitlement?

  7. Working in Public

    now comes the coder-celebrity

  8. A Modest Trademark Proposal

    banish them from permissive open source

  9. Programmer Power

    prying open “software freedom”

  10. Anything to Everyone

    “defund the police” through the lens of “open source”

  11. Narrative Error

    that’s my hero story, and I’m sticking to it

  12. Free & Open Picture Book

    a conundrum in four panels

  13. Round Robin 1.0.0

    ready for the field

  14. Round Robin License

    new name, new terms, same great idea

  15. “Open Source” Is Nobody’s Property

    if OSI owned it, they wouldn’t be so touchy about it

  16. Antidote

    critical and alternative views on free and open source software

  17. Common-Pool Pushovers

    Elinor Ostrom without boundaries

  18. Locked-In Customers Anonymous

    stop buying software from assholes

  19. Site of Shame

    if you can’t negotiate, castigate?

  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. Open Source for Business 3e

    new edition of an oft-recommended book

  24. Sustain Podcast

    business models, licenses, role playing

  25. Name Calling Isn’t Precise

    “neo-closed” will come and go

  26. Copyleft Has No Posse

    war is over, want it or not

  27. This Mess We’re In

    ethics, open source, and free riding

  28. Data Under Universal Share-Alike

    limits on effective data copyleft

  29. Reduce, Reuse, Reconsider

    if you wish to make a great hacker from scratch, let them reimplement the universe

  30. Scratch Other People’s Itches

    achieve more meaning and feel less alone

  31. Copyleft Should be Scary

    if the virus wasn’t scary, would we wash out hands?

  32. Open Source Should Come With Warranties

    (from the companies who use it)

  33. What did I just agree to?

    Marc Jones on oddities in OSI-approved licenses

  34. Luis Villa’s Licensing Year in Review

    harassment made the list, and should have

  35. Few-Maintainer Projects

    reality-driven expectations

  36. Renaming API Copyleft

    naming for purpose, not implementation

  37. API Copyleft 2.0.0-pre.1

    bringing the best of Parity to API Copyleft

  38. The Main Event

    Amazon versus Startups and the New York Times

  39. npm fund

    new subcommand and metadata standard

  40. Talking Points: Ethical Licenses

    collecting points and counterpoints

  41. Venture Capital Shill

    scapegoating free software’s failures

  42. MulanPSL

    a new riff on the Apache patent bargain from China

  43. Heather Meeker on “Ethos Licensing”

    free and open is ethos licensing, too

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

    similar licenses, very different receptions

  45. Love this License

    law brut with ASCII art

  46. Blue Oak Test Suite

    test cases for new public licenses

  47. Blue Oak Reading List

    reading list for lawyers new to open source

  48. Cross-License Collaboratives

    decentralizing contributor license agreements

  49. Standards, Patents, Open Source

    towards constructive collaboration across practice communities

  50. Blue Oak Guidance on Mergers and Acquisitions

    please stop paying me so much to fix reps and warranties

  51. No LICENSE

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

  52. Our Ethics, Not Yours

    in defense of Seth Vargo and morality-first licenses

  53. The Tyranny of Time

    licensing gives developers much-needed flexibility

  54. Open Core is Not a Good Story

    three better ways to express yourself and your company

  55. Open Legal Podcast?

    considering an open legal podcast

  56. Is this conference a good idea?

    forthcoming talk at a conference

  57. The Great Open Source Shake-Up

    more mandatory reading from Kate Downing

  58. Changeblog

    a few thoughts on a friend’s podcast appearance

  59. Require Credit For Your Software

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

  60. Get In, Get Out

    open source advice for new programmers breaking into the industry

  61. Dark Arts at Daybreak

    the end of club rule in open source law

  62. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  63. SSPL Was Not Commons Clause

    how open licensing blew its biggest opportunity of the 2010s

  64. Mortarboard Licenses

    graduate to new public license terms

  65. Schools of Cohesion

    exploring the crosswise policy biases we learn from open software

  66. Tyranny of Permissionlessness

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

  67. Don’t Rely on OSI Approval

    activist approval does not track practical needs

  68. AFL-3.0 versus OSL-3.0

    a redline (diff) with important network terms highlighted

  69. #wontfix

    endorsements can’t fix the Open Source Definition

  70. Calls to Sustainability Action via package.json

    a new proposal, schema, and tools

  71. Enterprise Ready Open Software License Supplement

    the status quo, plus money for devs

  72. Stairway to Heaven

    repairing broken steps to software license Nirvana

  73. The Diachronic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

  74. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

  75. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

  76. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

  77. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

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

  78. Back to IP

    the copyright giant has a policy

  79. Indie Open Source

    developing resource for indie-ready business models

  80. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

  81. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

  82. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

  83. API Copyleft

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

  84. Shared Component License

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

  85. Outer Source

    open software by closed methods

  86. Apache-2.0 versus ECL-2.0

    a redline (diff) showing substantive changes

  87. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

  88. Open Handicaps

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

  89. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

  90. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

  91. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

  92. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

  93. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

  94. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

  95. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

  96. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

  97. Patents for Software Freedom

    gun-shy insurgents and the heavy weapons of IP law

  98. Bilking Angels

    celestial finance for earth-bound developers

  99. Crowd Hiring

    assurance contracts for short-term open software maintenance

  100. Quick Read of Tidelift’s Lifting Agreement

    nits picked in the developer terms for a new pay-the-devs company

  101. Private Changes in Free Software Copyleft Licenses

    Where’s the fifth freedom?

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

    takedown power for DIY developers

  103. Unhappy Coincidences

    marriages of licensing convenience, and changed circumstances

  104. Selective Mythology

    defining open source for fun and profit, in the shadow of the enterprise

  105. The Posterity Public License

    a strong-attribution open source license

  106. MPL-2.0 versus OPL-2.1

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  107. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

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

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  109. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

  110. Debian Free Software Guidelines versus the Open Source Definition

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  111. Mercenary Rapport

    moral blindness in open source as social media

  112. Unsustainability at Scale

    today’s tools for yesterday’s problems tomorrow

  113. Feed this Bear

    indie coder, promote thyself!

  114. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

  115. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

  116. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

  117. Switchmode Developer Agreement

    an open form contract for open source contractors

  118. Open Software Service Terms

    legal terms for paid web apps, now available in the English language

  119. It’s Not About Community

    another view of Open Source

  120. Open Source: Theory of Operation

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

  121. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

  122. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

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

  123. The Mendicant Maintainerati

    no holy fools for Open Source

  124. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

  125. 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.

  126. License from Who?

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

  127. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

  128. First Read: The Fair Source License

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

  129. Startup Unix

    An open legal operating system for start-up technology companies

  130. React Patent Redline

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

  131. Blind Patches

    What if open-source contributors could submit patches anonymously and choose to claim credit later?