License Zero

gainful open software development

  1. 2019-09-21

    Blue Oak for Permissive

    retiring Charity in favor of Blue Oak

  2. 2019-09-11

    Parity 7.0.0-pre.1

    cleaner, clearer, and easier to read

  3. 2019-09-11

    Patron License 1.0.0

    reward patrons with license exceptions

  4. 2019-09-03

    Subsistence Programming

    funding failure has a name

  5. 2019-09-02

    Kat Marchán’s System

    putting L0 tools to work

  6. 2019-08-26

    But You Said I Could

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

  7. 2019-08-24

    Process of Elimination

    destructive feedback you can expect for any credible funding idea

  8. 2019-07-12

    Parity 6 is Parity-6.0.0

    express your license choice with SPDX

  9. 2019-06-13

    The Gospel In Brief

    Share with fellow sharers. Charge everyone else.

  10. 2019-05-24

    Patron License

    tunnel licensing through patronage

  11. 2019-04-24


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

  12. 2019-04-18


    limits on software success, hidden in plain sight

  13. 2019-04-10

    The Case for Selling Exceptions

    a model for copyleft, in more ways than one

  14. 2019-03-25

    Close to the Money

    distinctions without difference in software distribution

  15. 2019-03-24

    Founder Commitment

    public accountability for the business side

  16. 2019-03-16

    Sustainability as a Service

    open questions in communication and approach

  17. 2019-02-28

    Enterprise Pie

    growing the pie doesn't guarantee a portion

  18. 2019-01-21

    Parity 6.0.0

    Ever shorter. Ever clearer.

  19. 2018-11-24

    Parity 5.0.0

    Listen to devs. Write a better license.

  20. 2018-11-08

    A Quick Note on SSPLv1

    pushing the same limit for very different reasons

  21. 2018-10-26

    No Other Terms Before Me

    the minimalist case for radical terms

  22. 2018-10-17

    Mapping Open Business Models

    a systematic approach to practical models, proven and innovative

  23. 2018-09-29

    Coded Language

    against the timid imagery of open source exceptionalism

  24. 2018-09-16

    Against the Two-Party System

    in defense of the forgotten third way in open software licensing

  25. 2018-09-14

    Free to Take Freedom

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

  26. 2018-09-08

    Google’s Sam Ramji on Dual Licensing

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

  27. 2018-07-13

    Talking About License Rules

    a simple framework for grounded license-rule discussions

  28. 2018-07-04

    Gainful Software in the Open

    choosing an important word carefully

  29. 2018-06-30

    npm, Ruby, Python, Maven, and More

    first-class support for more package ecosystems

  30. 2018-06-26


    better licenses, better tools

  31. 2018-06-14

    Profit for Us, Sustainability for You

    evolving the open source conversation to solve open source inequity

  32. 2018-05-13

    Commons Club

    open source as accessory, copyleft as network

  33. 2018-03-25

    Availability Locks

    freedom from choice might be what you want

  34. 2018-03-05


    open source doesn't have to mean less

  35. 2018-03-04


    what leverage do indie devs have to gain support?

  36. 2018-02-21

    Relicensing Permissive Work

    picking battles one at a time

  37. 2018-02-13

    Peer Licensing Implemented

    sustainable software through licensing, simplified

  38. 2018-01-28

    A Peer Private License

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

  39. 2018-01-26

    Developer Licensing

    should License Zero stay between developers?

  40. 2018-01-25

    Found Licenses

    nail seeks hammer, any hammer

  41. 2018-01-22

    Largesse Oblige

    follow the money, note where it stops

  42. 2018-01-10

    We Can Remember You For It Wholesale

    maintainers, gone from my sight

  43. 2017-12-27

    “De Minimis”

    how not to disappear completely

  44. 2017-10-16

    Mercenary Rapport

    moral blindness in open source as social media

  45. 2017-10-15

    Unsustainability at Scale

    today's tools for yesterday's problems tomorrow

  46. 2017-09-15

    A Hacker Public License

    free for open source

  47. 2017-09-13

    Open Source Accession via License Zero?

    a paved path to permissivity

  48. 2017-09-12

    The License Zero Manifesto

    sustainable software in the open