Open Source

  1. L. Peter Deutsch and Stig Hackvän

    cooperation, licensing, and money in 1998

  2. The Developer Certificate of Origin is Not a Contributor License Agreement

    dispelling magical DCO thinking to reveal the system below

  3. Creative Commons’ 2021-2025 Strategy

    a scene stalwart turns “ethical”

  4. Drafter’s Anxiety

    writing new licenses isn’t scary

  5. The Luck of Open Source

    open source without great men

  6. Sell Babel 8

    ask for the money you need so people can actually pay it

  7. Open Gaming Deja Vu

    a clear-eyed view of open from 1999

  8. You Can Still Use the Software

    Justin Colannino on what’s up with new software licenses

  9. The Origin of the “MIT License”

    how did those famous terms come about?

  10. Cross License Foundations

    decentralized stewardship of collaborative projects

  11. Code Credit License 1.0.0

    a code-for-credit software license

  12. Open Licensing Attacks on Specific Business Models

    an incomplete list

  13. Compliance Industrial Pulpit

    someone tell the enterprise about Open Source 2.0

  14. Where are the Goalposts?

    in response to Luis Villa on SSPL and OSI

  15. Reading AGPL

    a guided introduction for first-timers

  16. Open Source is Discrimination

    that’s the point, or at least it used to be

  17. Righteous, Expedient, Wrong

    OSI swings at Elastic, misses, and leaves a mess

  18. ml5.js Takes a Stand

    a code of conduct with teeth, in the wild

  19. Deprogramming the Programmer

    throw off your jargon and be free

  20. The War on License Notices

    managing uncertainty at the fringes of open licensing

  21. How Congress Sees Open Source

    a view from outside

  22. Copyright Notices Begone

    pointless costs of ancient licenses

  23. From Justice With Love

    the antitrust division groks open source strategy

  24. Mix Many Metaphors

    analogies galore in Oracle v. Google oral argument

  25. Oracle v. Google Oral Argument

    major league copyright lawyering at bat

  26. The Ethical Consequences of Our Collective Activities

    professional ethics as the missing root of entitlement?

  27. Working in Public

    now comes the coder-celebrity

  28. A Modest Trademark Proposal

    banish them from permissive open source

  29. Programmer Power

    prying open “software freedom”

  30. Anything to Everyone

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

  31. Narrative Error

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

  32. Free & Open Picture Book

    a conundrum in four panels

  33. Round Robin 1.0.0

    ready for the field

  34. Round Robin License

    new name, new terms, same great idea

  35. “Open Source” Is Nobody’s Property

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

  36. Antidote

    critical and alternative views on free and open source software

  37. Common-Pool Pushovers

    Elinor Ostrom without boundaries

  38. Locked-In Customers Anonymous

    stop buying software from assholes

  39. Site of Shame

    if you can’t negotiate, castigate?

  40. Sharetribe Community Public License 1.0, Line by Line

    another everything-but-SaaS license

  41. CERN OHL-S 2.0, Line by Line

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

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

    medical device company devises copyleft license

  43. Open Source for Business 3e

    new edition of an oft-recommended book

  44. Sustain Podcast

    business models, licenses, role playing

  45. Name Calling Isn’t Precise

    “neo-closed” will come and go

  46. Copyleft Has No Posse

    war is over, want it or not

  47. This Mess We’re In

    ethics, open source, and free riding

  48. Data Under Universal Share-Alike

    limits on effective data copyleft

  49. Reduce, Reuse, Reconsider

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

  50. Scratch Other People’s Itches

    achieve more meaning and feel less alone

  51. Copyleft Should be Scary

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

  52. Open Source Should Come With Warranties

    (from the companies who use it)

  53. What did I just agree to?

    Marc Jones on oddities in OSI-approved licenses

  54. Luis Villa’s Licensing Year in Review

    harassment made the list, and should have

  55. Few-Maintainer Projects

    reality-driven expectations

  56. Renaming API Copyleft

    naming for purpose, not implementation

  57. API Copyleft 2.0.0-pre.1

    bringing the best of Parity to API Copyleft

  58. The Main Event

    Amazon versus Startups and the New York Times

  59. npm fund

    new subcommand and metadata standard

  60. Talking Points: Ethical Licenses

    collecting points and counterpoints

  61. Venture Capital Shill

    scapegoating free software’s failures

  62. MulanPSL

    a new riff on the Apache patent bargain from China

  63. Heather Meeker on “Ethos Licensing”

    free and open is ethos licensing, too

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

    similar licenses, very different receptions

  65. Love this License

    law brut with ASCII art

  66. Blue Oak Test Suite

    test cases for new public licenses

  67. Blue Oak Reading List

    reading list for lawyers new to open source

  68. Cross-License Collaboratives

    decentralizing contributor license agreements

  69. Standards, Patents, Open Source

    towards constructive collaboration across practice communities

  70. Blue Oak Guidance on Mergers and Acquisitions

    please stop paying me so much to fix reps and warranties

  71. No LICENSE

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

  72. Our Ethics, Not Yours

    in defense of Seth Vargo and morality-first licenses

  73. The Tyranny of Time

    licensing gives developers much-needed flexibility

  74. Open Core is Not a Good Story

    three better ways to express yourself and your company

  75. Open Legal Podcast?

    considering an open legal podcast

  76. Is this conference a good idea?

    forthcoming talk at a conference

  77. The Great Open Source Shake-Up

    more mandatory reading from Kate Downing

  78. Changeblog

    a few thoughts on a friend’s podcast appearance

  79. Require Credit For Your Software

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

  80. Get In, Get Out

    open source advice for new programmers breaking into the industry

  81. Dark Arts at Daybreak

    the end of club rule in open source law

  82. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  83. SSPL Was Not Commons Clause

    how open licensing blew its biggest opportunity of the 2010s

  84. Mortarboard Licenses

    graduate to new public license terms

  85. Schools of Cohesion

    exploring the crosswise policy biases we learn from open software

  86. Tyranny of Permissionlessness

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

  87. Don’t Rely on OSI Approval

    activist approval does not track practical needs

  88. AFL-3.0 versus OSL-3.0

    a redline (diff) with important network terms highlighted

  89. #wontfix

    endorsements can’t fix the Open Source Definition

  90. Calls to Sustainability Action via package.json

    a new proposal, schema, and tools

  91. Enterprise Ready Open Software License Supplement

    the status quo, plus money for devs

  92. Stairway to Heaven

    repairing broken steps to software license Nirvana

  93. The Diachronic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

  94. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

  95. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

  96. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

  97. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

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

  98. Back to IP

    the copyright giant has a policy

  99. Indie Open Source

    developing resource for indie-ready business models

  100. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

  101. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

  102. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

  103. API Copyleft

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

  104. Shared Component License

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

  105. Outer Source

    open software by closed methods

  106. Apache-2.0 versus ECL-2.0

    a redline (diff) showing substantive changes

  107. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

  108. Open Handicaps

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

  109. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

  110. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

  111. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

  112. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

  113. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

  114. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

  115. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

  116. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

  117. Patents for Software Freedom

    gun-shy insurgents and the heavy weapons of IP law

  118. Bilking Angels

    celestial finance for earth-bound developers

  119. Crowd Hiring

    assurance contracts for short-term open software maintenance

  120. Quick Read of Tidelift’s Lifting Agreement

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

  121. Private Changes in Free Software Copyleft Licenses

    Where’s the fifth freedom?

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

    takedown power for DIY developers

  123. Unhappy Coincidences

    marriages of licensing convenience, and changed circumstances

  124. Selective Mythology

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

  125. The Posterity Public License

    a strong-attribution open source license

  126. MPL-2.0 versus OPL-2.1

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  127. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

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

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  129. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

  130. Debian Free Software Guidelines versus the Open Source Definition

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  131. Mercenary Rapport

    moral blindness in open source as social media

  132. Unsustainability at Scale

    today’s tools for yesterday’s problems tomorrow

  133. Feed this Bear

    indie coder, promote thyself!

  134. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

  135. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

  136. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

  137. Switchmode Developer Agreement

    an open form contract for open source contractors

  138. Open Software Service Terms

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

  139. It’s Not About Community

    another view of Open Source

  140. Open Source: Theory of Operation

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

  141. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

  142. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

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

  143. The Mendicant Maintainerati

    no holy fools for Open Source

  144. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

  145. 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.

  146. License from Who?

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

  147. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

  148. First Read: The Fair Source License

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

  149. Startup Unix

    An open legal operating system for start-up technology companies

  150. React Patent Redline

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

  151. Blind Patches

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