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Video: why not-so-open licenses are not-so-good

You may have read some of the reports over the past year about organizations trying out new open source licensing strategies that aren’t actually all ...
Luis Villa
by Luis Villa
on April 11, 2019

Luis Villa

Luis Villa

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Video: what software development teams should know about open source licenses

By Luis Villa on April 2, 2019
If you build applications using open source components, you may not often think about how those underlying components are licensed. Some may use a ...

Introducing the Tidelift guide to working with open source licenses

By Luis Villa on March 5, 2019
I’ve spent my career deeply immersed in open source licensing issues. And before I was a lawyer, I was a software developer. So I’ve talked with many ...

Why we submitted a legal brief to the Supreme Court this week

By Luis Villa on February 28, 2019
On Monday, alongside the Python Software Foundation, we submitted a legal brief to the Supreme Court. This is a bit unusual for a small startup, so I ...

Tidelift values, inside and out

By Luis Villa on February 7, 2019
Early last year we worked together to brainstorm and define our Tidelift values. There was some risk that it was too early, but we wanted to ...

Tidelift is hiring

By Luis Villa on January 17, 2019
We shared some big news last week—we’ve raised an additional $25 million in Series B funding. Our goal is to scale Tidelift for creators and users, ...

What motivates open source maintainers?

By Luis Villa on December 13, 2018
When you download a new open source package, how much time do you spend much time thinking about the person who actually wrote the code?

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

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

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 ...