licensing Archives

  1. Democracy and Software Freedom

    As part of a broader discussion of democracy as the basis for a just socio-economic system, Séverine Deneulin summarizes Robert Dahl’s Democracy, which says democracy requires five qualities: First, democracy requires effective participation. Before a policy is adopted, all members must have equal and effective opportunities for making their views known to others as to what…

  2. Thoughts on the CC Summit

    Oliver's Tattoo (cropped), by Oliver Keyes, used under CC BY-SA

    I was lucky enough to attend the Creative Commons Global Summit in Buenos Aires last week, including the pre-conference session on copyright reform. Like Wikimania, there is simply too much here to summarize in coherent chunks, so here are my motes and thoughts during my return flight: Maira Sutton of EFF summed up my strongest…

  3. Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

    tl;dr: the open license ecosystem assumes that sharing can’t (or even shouldn’t) happen without explicit permission in the form of licenses. What if “post open source” is an implicit critique of that assumption – saying, in essence, “I reject the permission culture”? If so, license authors might want to consider creating options that enable people…

  4. A revised OSI “Open Source Licenses” page

    Don't do a nano without them by mpclemens, used under CC-BY 2.0.

    When someone new to open source does a web search for “open source licenses”, the first page that comes up1 is opensource.org/licenses – making it one of the most important resources for newcomers to open source.2 Despite that, until today, all that a newbie would get when going to that page was two links: one…

  5. Licensing confusion is great! (for lawyers)

    I want to heartily unendorse Simon Phipps’ Infoworld article about Github and licensing. Simon’s article makes it sound like no one benefits from sloppy licensing practices, and that is simply not true. Specifically, lawyers benefit! I regularly get calls from clients saying “I have no idea if I’m allowed to use <project X>, because it…