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2018's new open source licenses: Will they work? Should they work?

The past few months have seen an explosion of new open source licenses and license-like documents. A proposal from MongoDB has generated intense ...
Luis Villa
by Luis Villa
on November 13, 2018

Luis Villa

Luis Villa

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A new option for open source maintainers

By Luis Villa on September 20, 2018
Before I helped start Tidelift, I built a private legal practice focused on the needs of open source developers. My clients spanned from individuals ...

Redis: This is not the license change you are looking for 👋🏼

By Luis Villa on August 22, 2018
Redis Labs, a company building commercial complements to the Redis data store, just published a “Commons Clause” that attempts to prevent commercial ...

Tidelift’s Luis Villa on friction, sustainability, and open source

By Luis Villa on July 3, 2018
Back in February, our own Luis Villa spoke at RedMonk’s Monkigras conference in London. This year’s topic was one very near and dear to our hearts: ...

Legal and licensing workshop 2018: when open source’s lawyers talk shop

By Luis Villa on April 26, 2018
One of the hidden gems of the free and open source software world is the Free Software Foundation-Europe’s annual Legal and Licensing Workshop, an ...

The state of copyleft licensing

By Luis Villa on February 1, 2018
In my last post, I talked about how much (or little!) we know about the licenses in the 30+ package managers and 2+ million packages in libraries.io, ...

The state of licensing information (or, how do we know what we know?)

By Luis Villa on January 18, 2018
As open source has grown, it has also gotten more granular. Modern apps often depend on hundreds or thousands of open source packages, not counting ...