The Creative Commons licenses are a great way to ensure that others are legally authorized to reuse our work. But being licenses, they still talk Greek for the common man’ unless someone simplifies them for you in a comic strip. And while we are on the topic, make sure you do pick a license.
Like me, if you have a love-hate relationship with the legalese involved in the open source world, these resources will be extremely useful. Though, I frequently get completely confused by the legal compliance in the open source world, I am glad it exists and helps open source grow and pro
It is a heaven for companies wanting to build new stuff without having to worry about stepping on patents. New Zealand is that heaven. This is one of the rare good piece of news from patent land. [Continue]
You never know if you are free to use the solution you have come up with yourself. This is discouraging and can be extremely frustrating. But this is what patents can do. [Continue]
Indian bloggers are getting in legal tangle. Bloggers have already faced legal threats from the mainstream media. But, because of the lack of laws, an individual usually chooses to back off and retract his/her opinions. [Continue]
Copyrights and licenses are not the most interesting subjects in software development. Unfortunately they cannot be bypassed, they have to be confronted. The free and open source software movement has always had a legal side which is working on this. [Continue]
Bloggers can feel safer. Federal Court ruled that a blogger cannot be sued for what a commenter says. Fair enough, though like someone said in the Slashdot discussion, a suit against the commenter is not that all frivolous. [Continue]
Amit Agarwal points out that a couple of court rulings make it illegal to deep link to the copyrighted files. The rulings are about audio and video files, but the same logic can be applied to any non-HTML resource. Though Internet is all about linking to resources, deep linking can cause use of bandwidth without a visit to the web site. [Continue]