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Expertise in open source and digital liberties.
Expertise in open source and digital liberties.

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Something's not open source when there's no realistic community access to source code.

In these days of code that no single mind can grasp, it’s hard to see how software freedom is present when there’s no realistic community access to source code. In the early days of Free Software, it was a safe assumption that anyone using a computer had…
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It doesn't matter which open source license you use as long as your community is open & equal

Choosing between licenses – even copyleft vs non-reciprocal – is less important than ensuring everyone has equal rights & responsibilities. I’m often asked which open source licence is best for businesses who want to release a project as open source.…
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Open source ensures developers already have permission to innovate and don't need to ask first

Open source ensures developers already have permission to innovate and don’t need to ask first. If you want your code to be open source, it needs an OSI-approved copyright license. Code with no license to the copyright isn’t open source. That may sound…
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The cost of compliance may not just be a GPL issue now we understand how to work with the GPL

The cost of compliance may not just be a copyleft issue now we understand how to work with the GPL. Even before Christoph Hellwig (backed by the Software Freedom Conservancy) started his suit to enforce his copyright claims against VMWare, there was a…
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When it comes to licenses, OSI is not King; it is the Speaker of the House.

You’re entitled to your opinion but in open source licensing only the consensus of the community really matters. In a recent conversation on the Apache Legal mailing list, a participant opined that “any license can be Open Source. OSI doesn’t ‘own’ the…
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Data protection laws are about controlling triangulation, not (just) direct privacy

Data protection laws are about controlling triangulation, not (just) direct privacy At the end of May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in Europe. It creates a whole set of new responsibilities that are causing…
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Ignore the coverage saying MP3 is dead. Now all the patents blocking it have expired, it can start to live! Back in May, there was an unexpected surge in press coverage about the MP3 audio file format. What was most unexpected about it was it all declared…
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Moving Java EE to Eclipse is a welcome move completing what we started a decade ago

It looks like Java EE may finally be fully free. In a blog post on the venerable Aquarium blog (started by the Glassfish team at Sun a decade or so ago) Oracle has announced that it has selected the Eclipse Foundation as the new home for Java EE. They…
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No, using open source doesn't automatically mean "going it alone"

No, using open source doesn’t automatically mean going it alone. Some say that companies don’t want open source because they want the security of a relationship with a big business. But this outlook reflects misunderstandings of the real values of open…
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Why a "no hacking" clause has no place in an open source license

Trying to ban clever hacks in an open source licence is not OK. A correspondent asks about the Open Source Definition (OSD): “Does OSD 6 mean I can’t include a clause in a new open source license that prohibits hacking?” Yes, you are correct – that’s…
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