Open Source

  1. Data Under Universal Share-Alike

    limits on effective data copyleft

  2. Reduce, Reuse, Reconsider

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

  3. Scratch Other People’s Itches

    achieve more meaning and feel less alone

  4. Copyleft Should be Scary

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

  5. Open Source Should Come With Warranties

    (from the companies who use it)

  6. What did I just agree to?

    Marc Jones on oddities in OSI-approved licenses

  7. Luis Villa’s Licensing Year in Review

    harassment made the list, and should have

  8. Few-Maintainer Projects

    reality-driven expectations

  9. Renaming API Copyleft

    naming for purpose, not implementation

  10. API Copyleft 2.0.0-pre.1

    bringing the best of Parity to API Copyleft

  11. The Main Event

    Amazon versus Startups and the New York Times

  12. npm fund

    new subcommand and metadata standard

  13. Talking Points: Ethical Licenses

    collecting points and counterpoints

  14. Venture Capital Shill

    scapegoating free software’s failures

  15. MulanPSL

    a new riff on the Apache patent bargain from China

  16. Heather Meeker on “Ethos Licensing”

    free and open is ethos licensing, too

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

    similar licenses, very different receptions

  18. Love this License

    law brut with ASCII art

  19. Blue Oak Test Suite

    test cases for new public licenses

  20. Blue Oak Reading List

    reading list for lawyers new to open source

  21. Cross-License Collaboratives

    decentralizing contributor license agreements

  22. Standards, Patents, Open Source

    towards constructive collaboration across practice communities

  23. Blue Oak Guidance on Mergers and Acquisitions

    please stop paying me so much to fix reps and warranties

  24. No LICENSE

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

  25. Our Ethics, Not Yours

    in defense of Seth Vargo and morality-first licenses

  26. The Tyranny of Time

    licensing gives developers much-needed flexibility

  27. Open Core is Not a Good Story

    three better ways to express yourself and your company

  28. Open Legal Podcast?

    considering an open legal podcast

  29. Is this conference a good idea?

    forthcoming talk at a conference

  30. The Great Open Source Shake-Up

    more mandatory reading from Kate Downing

  31. Changeblog

    a few thoughts on a friend’s podcast appearance

  32. Require Credit For Your Software

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

  33. Get In, Get Out

    open source advice for new programmers breaking into the industry

  34. Dark Arts at Daybreak

    the end of club rule in open source law

  35. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  36. SSPL Was Not Commons Clause

    how open licensing blew its biggest opportunity of the 2010s

  37. Mortarboard Licenses

    graduate to new public license terms

  38. Schools of Cohesion

    exploring the crosswise policy biases we learn from open software

  39. Tyranny of Permissionlessness

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

  40. Don’t Rely on OSI Approval

    activist approval does not track practical needs

  41. AFL-3.0 versus OSL-3.0

    a redline (diff) with important network terms highlighted

  42. #wontfix

    endorsements can’t fix the Open Source Definition

  43. Calls to Sustainability Action via package.json

    a new proposal, schema, and tools

  44. Enterprise Ready Open Software License Supplement

    the status quo, plus money for devs

  45. Stairway to Heaven

    repairing broken steps to software license Nirvana

  46. The Diachronic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

  47. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

  48. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

  49. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

  50. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

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

  51. Back to IP

    the copyright giant has a policy

  52. Indie Open Source

    developing resource for indie-ready business models

  53. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

  54. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

  55. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

  56. API Copyleft

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

  57. Shared Component License

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

  58. Outer Source

    open software by closed methods

  59. Apache-2.0 versus ECL-2.0

    a redline (diff) showing substantive changes

  60. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

  61. Open Handicaps

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

  62. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

  63. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

  64. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

  65. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

  66. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

  67. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

  68. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

  69. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

  70. Patents for Software Freedom

    gun-shy insurgents and the heavy weapons of IP law

  71. Bilking Angels

    celestial finance for earth-bound developers

  72. Crowd Hiring

    assurance contracts for short-term open software maintenance

  73. Quick Read of Tidelift’s Lifting Agreement

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

  74. Private Changes in Free Software Copyleft Licenses

    Where’s the fifth freedom?

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

    takedown power for DIY developers

  76. Unhappy Coincidences

    marriages of licensing convenience, and changed circumstances

  77. Selective Mythology

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

  78. The Posterity Public License

    a strong-attribution open source license

  79. MPL-2.0 versus OPL-2.1

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  80. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

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

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  82. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

  83. Debian Free Software Guidelines versus the Open Source Definition

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  84. Mercenary Rapport

    moral blindness in open source as social media

  85. Unsustainability at Scale

    today’s tools for yesterday’s problems tomorrow

  86. Feed this Bear

    indie coder, promote thyself!

  87. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

  88. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

  89. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

  90. Switchmode Developer Agreement

    an open form contract for open source contractors

  91. Open Software Service Terms

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

  92. It’s Not About Community

    another view of Open Source

  93. Open Source: Theory of Operation

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

  94. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

  95. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

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

  96. The Mendicant Maintainerati

    no holy fools for Open Source

  97. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

  98. 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.

  99. License from Who?

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

  100. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

  101. First Read: The Fair Source License

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

  102. Startup Unix

    An open legal operating system for start-up technology companies

  103. React Patent Redline

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

  104. Blind Patches

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