License Zero

gainful open software development

  1. 2020-08-03

    The Truth is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free

    note from a kindred spirit

  2. 2020-06-30

    New Forum

    in public, with thanks

  3. 2020-06-23

    Indie Code Catalog

    calling on coders for the next evolution of L0

  4. 2020-05-18


    unifying private licenses and waivers

  5. 2020-05-15

    Private License 8

    clarifying and improving

  6. 2020-05-13

    Radically Simplifying

    major streamlining underway

  7. 2020-05-09

    npm Funding Metadata

    point users to your offer page

  8. 2020-05-09

    Radical Simplification

    min code, max communication

  9. 2020-03-29

    Distribution Religion

    a noncommercial hacker commune, a decade before GPL

  10. 2020-03-27

    Full Value

    a VC and CIO on monetizing open source

  11. 2020-03-27

    Licensing or Service Advantage

    why not both?

  12. 2020-03-07

    The Curse of Sustainability

    learning to learn from game development

  13. 2020-02-12

    Progress Report

    schemas and new CLI are stabilizing

  14. 2020-01-30

    Redesigning License Zero

    notes on data records, protocol, building blocks, and motivation

  15. 2020-01-26

    Dirk Riehle on Single-Vendor Open Source Firms

    FAU's professor for open source is interviewing successful firms

  16. 2020-01-05

    Notes on the Vending Protocol

    more ways to buy and sell

  17. 2020-01-02

    Two (And More) Can Play at this Game

    welcoming xs:code, a new open source dual licensing platform

  18. 2019-12-15

    Prosperity 3.0.0

    noncommercial plus free trial, modernized

  19. 2019-12-15

    No Private Changes in the Commune

    RMS and Linus both wanted patches back

  20. 2019-11-30

    License Zero 2.0

    sell through L0, sell on your own

  21. 2019-11-21

    Recommended Viewing: Russell Keith-Magee at PyCon Australia

    flash back to 2015

  22. 2019-11-21

    Two Bits

    echoes of the dot-com bubble

  23. 2019-11-20

    Public Roadmap

    a website for ongoing and upcoming efforts

  24. 2019-11-13

    Decentralized Dual Licensing

    the bottom-up business model for open software

  25. 2019-11-05

    Prosperity 3.0.0-pre.1

    bringing Prosperity up to par with Parity

  26. 2019-11-04

    Parity 7

    a new major release at last

  27. 2019-10-20

    Parity 7.0.0-pre.3

    fast approaching 7.0.0

  28. 2019-09-21

    Blue Oak for Permissive

    retiring Charity in favor of Blue Oak

  29. 2019-09-11

    Parity 7.0.0-pre.1

    cleaner, clearer, and easier to read

  30. 2019-09-11

    Patron License 1.0.0

    reward patrons with license exceptions

  31. 2019-09-03

    Subsistence Programming

    funding failure has a name

  32. 2019-09-02

    Kat Marchán’s System

    putting L0 tools to work

  33. 2019-08-26

    But You Said I Could

    a clear-eyed view of open software funding, impediments, and possibilities

  34. 2019-08-24

    Process of Elimination

    destructive feedback you can expect for any credible funding idea

  35. 2019-07-12

    Parity 6 is Parity-6.0.0

    express your license choice with SPDX

  36. 2019-06-13

    The Gospel In Brief

    Share with fellow sharers. Charge everyone else.

  37. 2019-05-24

    Patron License

    tunnel licensing through patronage

  38. 2019-04-24


    Open software changed big business. Should big business change it back?

  39. 2019-04-18


    limits on software success, hidden in plain sight

  40. 2019-04-10

    The Case for Selling Exceptions

    a model for copyleft, in more ways than one

  41. 2019-03-25

    Close to the Money

    distinctions without difference in software distribution

  42. 2019-03-24

    Founder Commitment

    public accountability for the business side

  43. 2019-03-16

    Sustainability as a Service

    open questions in communication and approach

  44. 2019-02-28

    Enterprise Pie

    growing the pie doesn't guarantee a portion

  45. 2019-01-21

    Parity 6.0.0

    Ever shorter. Ever clearer.

  46. 2018-11-24

    Parity 5.0.0

    Listen to devs. Write a better license.

  47. 2018-11-08

    A Quick Note on SSPLv1

    pushing the same limit for very different reasons

  48. 2018-10-26

    No Other Terms Before Me

    the minimalist case for radical terms

  49. 2018-10-17

    Mapping Open Business Models

    a systematic approach to practical models, proven and innovative

  50. 2018-09-29

    Coded Language

    against the timid imagery of open source exceptionalism

  51. 2018-09-16

    Against the Two-Party System

    in defense of the forgotten third way in open software licensing

  52. 2018-09-14

    Free to Take Freedom

    Why can't free-for-free-software be free software itself?

  53. 2018-09-08

    Google’s Sam Ramji on Dual Licensing

    a very clear strategy for open source companies that is still working

  54. 2018-07-13

    Talking About License Rules

    a simple framework for grounded license-rule discussions

  55. 2018-07-04

    Gainful Software in the Open

    choosing an important word carefully

  56. 2018-06-30

    npm, Ruby, Python, Maven, and More

    first-class support for more package ecosystems

  57. 2018-06-26


    better licenses, better tools

  58. 2018-06-14

    Profit for Us, Sustainability for You

    evolving the open source conversation to solve open source inequity

  59. 2018-05-13

    Commons Club

    open source as accessory, copyleft as network

  60. 2018-03-25

    Availability Locks

    freedom from choice might be what you want

  61. 2018-03-05


    open source doesn't have to mean less

  62. 2018-03-04


    what leverage do indie devs have to gain support?

  63. 2018-02-21

    Relicensing Permissive Work

    picking battles one at a time

  64. 2018-02-13

    Peer Licensing Implemented

    sustainable software through licensing, simplified

  65. 2018-01-28

    A Peer Private License

    draft of developer-to-developer commercial and closed-source license

  66. 2018-01-26

    Developer Licensing

    should License Zero stay between developers?

  67. 2018-01-25

    Found Licenses

    nail seeks hammer, any hammer

  68. 2018-01-22

    Largesse Oblige

    follow the money, note where it stops

  69. 2018-01-10

    We Can Remember You For It Wholesale

    maintainers, gone from my sight

  70. 2017-12-27

    “De Minimis”

    how not to disappear completely

  71. 2017-10-16

    Mercenary Rapport

    moral blindness in open source as social media

  72. 2017-10-15

    Unsustainability at Scale

    today's tools for yesterday's problems tomorrow

  73. 2017-09-15

    A Hacker Public License

    free for open source

  74. 2017-09-13

    Open Source Accession via License Zero?

    a paved path to permissivity

  75. 2017-09-12

    The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open