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  1. PolyForm Countdown

    a simple, solid form for changing your license later

  2. Toward PolyForm Shield Version 2

    streamline and revise for easier reading

  3. A Short, Simple Template for Scheduled Relicensing

    decouple license rules from how we relax them

  4. Amazon Has a Restricted License, Too

    this is not a bad thing

  5. HashiCorp’s New Licensing

    a new benchmark for presenting license change

  6. On-Cloud Licensing

    the wheel of software delivery keeps on turning

  7. Putting Software in the Public Domain

    if you want “waive” or “dedicate”, you should probably just “license”

  8. New Microsoft Word Comments Weirdness

    a gotcha for legal power users

  9. Big Time Public License 2.0.0

    much improved by generous feedback

  10. MIT for Noncommercial is Broken

    use a real noncommercial software license

  11. Standardize Commercial Software Licensing

    announcing PolyForm Commercial, with a call for help

  12. License Round-Up

    listing licenses I’ve contributed to

  13. Big Time Public License 1.0.0

    a FRAND-ly license for software

  14. Speedier Git for Text File Tracking

    streamlining for small, fast commits to personal records

  15. PolyForm Defensive is Now PolyForm Shield

    feedback strikes again

  16. Acceptable Use

    different delivery, same rules

  17. Normally Open & Normally Closed

    simple templates for restricted terms

  18. PolyForm Noncompete Licenses

    two new, long-awaited forms

  19. Noncompete By Two Other Names

    Why are the last PolyForm licenses taking so long?

  20. Not Not Political

    if software matters, it’s already political

  21. Patent Potato

    the game that never ends

  22. Renaming API Copyleft

    naming for purpose, not implementation

  23. API Copyleft 2.0.0-pre.1

    bringing the best of Parity to API Copyleft

  24. git push is the Process

    permissionless license development now

  25. Big Time Public License

    a noncommercial, small-biz license with a big-biz fair terms guarantee

  26. PolyForm 1.0.0

    standard noncommercial software licenses at last

  27. Heather Meeker on Patent Risk Allocation

    unique compilation of arguments and dynamics

  28. Operating Environment

    essential industry background for reading open software licenses

  29. PolyForm Project

    simple, standard, plain-language software licenses

  30. Critique This License

    developing a standard paid-software license

  31. Proseline

    peer to peer prose editing


    breaking the NDA logjam

  33. What Enumeration Means

    Enumeration is an essential contract drafting tool. Don’t disclaim it!

  34. Reproduction of Hierarchy

    Markdown isn’t great for contracts. HTML5 is better.

  35. Common Form

    Composable, verifiable, shareable form contracts for the modern practice of law