Open Source

  1. Sell Babel 8

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

  2. Open Gaming Deja Vu

    a clear-eyed view of open from 1999

  3. You Can Still Use the Software

    Justin Colannino on what’s up with new software licenses

  4. The Origin of the “MIT License”

    how did those famous terms come about?

  5. Cross License Foundations

    decentralized stewardship of collaborative projects

  6. Code Credit License 1.0.0

    a code-for-credit software license

  7. Open Licensing Attacks on Specific Business Models

    an incomplete list

  8. Compliance Industrial Pulpit

    someone tell the enterprise about Open Source 2.0

  9. Where are the Goalposts?

    in response to Luis Villa on SSPL and OSI

  10. Reading AGPL

    a guided introduction for first-timers

  11. Open Source is Discrimination

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

  12. Righteous, Expedient, Wrong

    OSI swings at Elastic, misses, and leaves a mess

  13. ml5.js Takes a Stand

    a code of conduct with teeth, in the wild

  14. Deprogramming the Programmer

    throw off your jargon and be free

  15. The War on License Notices

    managing uncertainty at the fringes of open licensing

  16. How Congress Sees Open Source

    a view from outside

  17. Copyright Notices Begone

    pointless costs of ancient licenses

  18. From Justice With Love

    the antitrust division groks open source strategy

  19. Mix Many Metaphors

    analogies galore in Oracle v. Google oral argument

  20. Oracle v. Google Oral Argument

    major league copyright lawyering at bat

  21. The Ethical Consequences of Our Collective Activities

    professional ethics as the missing root of entitlement?

  22. Working in Public

    now comes the coder-celebrity

  23. A Modest Trademark Proposal

    banish them from permissive open source

  24. Programmer Power

    prying open “software freedom”

  25. Anything to Everyone

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

  26. Narrative Error

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

  27. Free & Open Picture Book

    a conundrum in four panels

  28. Round Robin 1.0.0

    ready for the field

  29. Round Robin License

    new name, new terms, same great idea

  30. “Open Source” Is Nobody’s Property

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

  31. Antidote

    critical and alternative views on free and open source software

  32. Common-Pool Pushovers

    Elinor Ostrom without boundaries

  33. Locked-In Customers Anonymous

    stop buying software from assholes

  34. Site of Shame

    if you can’t negotiate, castigate?

  35. Sharetribe Community Public License 1.0, Line by Line

    another everything-but-SaaS license

  36. CERN OHL-S 2.0, Line by Line

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

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

    medical device company devises copyleft license

  38. Open Source for Business 3e

    new edition of an oft-recommended book

  39. Sustain Podcast

    business models, licenses, role playing

  40. Name Calling Isn’t Precise

    “neo-closed” will come and go

  41. Copyleft Has No Posse

    war is over, want it or not

  42. This Mess We’re In

    ethics, open source, and free riding

  43. Data Under Universal Share-Alike

    limits on effective data copyleft

  44. Reduce, Reuse, Reconsider

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

  45. Scratch Other People’s Itches

    achieve more meaning and feel less alone

  46. Copyleft Should be Scary

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

  47. Open Source Should Come With Warranties

    (from the companies who use it)

  48. What did I just agree to?

    Marc Jones on oddities in OSI-approved licenses

  49. Luis Villa’s Licensing Year in Review

    harassment made the list, and should have

  50. Few-Maintainer Projects

    reality-driven expectations

  51. Renaming API Copyleft

    naming for purpose, not implementation

  52. API Copyleft 2.0.0-pre.1

    bringing the best of Parity to API Copyleft

  53. The Main Event

    Amazon versus Startups and the New York Times

  54. npm fund

    new subcommand and metadata standard

  55. Talking Points: Ethical Licenses

    collecting points and counterpoints

  56. Venture Capital Shill

    scapegoating free software’s failures

  57. MulanPSL

    a new riff on the Apache patent bargain from China

  58. Heather Meeker on “Ethos Licensing”

    free and open is ethos licensing, too

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

    similar licenses, very different receptions

  60. Love this License

    law brut with ASCII art

  61. Blue Oak Test Suite

    test cases for new public licenses

  62. Blue Oak Reading List

    reading list for lawyers new to open source

  63. Cross-License Collaboratives

    decentralizing contributor license agreements

  64. Standards, Patents, Open Source

    towards constructive collaboration across practice communities

  65. Blue Oak Guidance on Mergers and Acquisitions

    please stop paying me so much to fix reps and warranties

  66. No LICENSE

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

  67. Our Ethics, Not Yours

    in defense of Seth Vargo and morality-first licenses

  68. The Tyranny of Time

    licensing gives developers much-needed flexibility

  69. Open Core is Not a Good Story

    three better ways to express yourself and your company

  70. Open Legal Podcast?

    considering an open legal podcast

  71. Is this conference a good idea?

    forthcoming talk at a conference

  72. The Great Open Source Shake-Up

    more mandatory reading from Kate Downing

  73. Changeblog

    a few thoughts on a friend’s podcast appearance

  74. Require Credit For Your Software

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

  75. Get In, Get Out

    open source advice for new programmers breaking into the industry

  76. Dark Arts at Daybreak

    the end of club rule in open source law

  77. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  78. SSPL Was Not Commons Clause

    how open licensing blew its biggest opportunity of the 2010s

  79. Mortarboard Licenses

    graduate to new public license terms

  80. Schools of Cohesion

    exploring the crosswise policy biases we learn from open software

  81. Tyranny of Permissionlessness

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

  82. Don’t Rely on OSI Approval

    activist approval does not track practical needs

  83. AFL-3.0 versus OSL-3.0

    a redline (diff) with important network terms highlighted

  84. #wontfix

    endorsements can’t fix the Open Source Definition

  85. Calls to Sustainability Action via package.json

    a new proposal, schema, and tools

  86. Enterprise Ready Open Software License Supplement

    the status quo, plus money for devs

  87. Stairway to Heaven

    repairing broken steps to software license Nirvana

  88. The Diachronic Treadmill License

    automatically reward supporters with copyleft exceptions

  89. License Utopia

    just four licenses for all of open source

  90. Ethical Subcommons Starter Kit

    bringing openness to software of moral concern

  91. Weak or Strong is Wrong

    towards selective or consistent copyleft

  92. Deprecation Notice: MIT and BSD

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

  93. Back to IP

    the copyright giant has a policy

  94. Indie Open Source

    developing resource for indie-ready business models

  95. Open Source Software License Reading List

    a comprehensive curriculum for new license wonks

  96. First Thoughts on the Redis Source Available License Agreement

    evident demand for license rules on API boundaries

  97. API Copyleft License 1.0.0

    first release of API-boundary copyleft form

  98. API Copyleft

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

  99. Shared Component License

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

  100. Outer Source

    open software by closed methods

  101. Apache-2.0 versus ECL-2.0

    a redline (diff) showing substantive changes

  102. Open Source is Not About You

    a minimal, functionalist view of open source

  103. Open Handicaps

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

  104. Selective Openness

    making money by choosing what to give away

  105. The Open Source Definition as Copyleft Regulation

    an in-depth review of commonly cited criteria

  106. The Copyleft Bust Up

    loopholes, licenses, and realpolitik in open source

  107. How to Speak Copyleft

    the missing vocabulary of copyleft design

  108. Elsewhere: Mapping Open Business Models

    crosspost from the License Zero blog

  109. Seeking Comment: Copyright Notice Recommendation

    first stab at a pragmatic best-practice guide

  110. Indirect Licensing

    dispensing software licenses in the Internet era

  111. Contributor Councils

    relicensing without foundation, BDFL, or unanimity

  112. Patents for Software Freedom

    gun-shy insurgents and the heavy weapons of IP law

  113. Bilking Angels

    celestial finance for earth-bound developers

  114. Crowd Hiring

    assurance contracts for short-term open software maintenance

  115. Quick Read of Tidelift’s Lifting Agreement

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

  116. Private Changes in Free Software Copyleft Licenses

    Where’s the fifth freedom?

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

    takedown power for DIY developers

  118. Unhappy Coincidences

    marriages of licensing convenience, and changed circumstances

  119. Selective Mythology

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

  120. The Posterity Public License

    a strong-attribution open source license

  121. MPL-2.0 versus OPL-2.1

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  122. I Have Another Blog

    you may want to subscribe on License Zero, too

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

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  124. CLAs are Not a Sham

    licensing with friends, improved and improving

  125. Debian Free Software Guidelines versus the Open Source Definition

    a redline (diff) showing changes

  126. Mercenary Rapport

    moral blindness in open source as social media

  127. Unsustainability at Scale

    today’s tools for yesterday’s problems tomorrow

  128. Feed this Bear

    indie coder, promote thyself!

  129. Overkill

    doing IP law wrong, and getting away with it

  130. The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open

  131. Null Value

    against demise of the hacker public license

  132. Switchmode Developer Agreement

    an open form contract for open source contractors

  133. Open Software Service Terms

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

  134. It’s Not About Community

    another view of Open Source

  135. Open Source: Theory of Operation

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

  136. Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified

  137. Against Legislating the Nonobvious

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

  138. The Mendicant Maintainerati

    no holy fools for Open Source

  139. The MIT License, Line by Line

    171 words every programmer should understand

  140. 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.

  141. License from Who?

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

  142. The Berneout Pledge

    Sucks less than CLAs!

  143. First Read: The Fair Source License

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

  144. Startup Unix

    An open legal operating system for start-up technology companies

  145. React Patent Redline

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

  146. Blind Patches

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