Posts by

Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Head of Developer Policy

Supreme Court sides with developers in Google v. Oracle

Supreme Court sides with developers in Google v. Oracle

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Google v. Oracle reaffirms that developers’ ability to port their code and skills between platforms is a significant interest to be protected. The headline is that Google’s use of Oracle’s Java API was “fair use,” but the Court’s recognition of the importance of developer interests in copyright law is a […]

April 6, 2021
Open innovation will be the winning strategy for digital sovereignty and human progress in the new decade

Open innovation will be the winning strategy for digital sovereignty and human progress in the new decade

This article originally appeared in The New Stack, and is republished here with permission. Digital sovereignty has become a rallying cry across the globe. In 2021, open innovation will, counterintuitively, provide the answer. Politicians and citizens alike want to ensure that the products, services, and data generated in the digital economy respect the sovereignty of […]

March 22, 2021
Fighting for developers: GitHub policy 2020 in review

Fighting for developers: GitHub policy 2020 in review

GitHub is committed to shaping public policies that support developers around the globe. Last year, we advised policymakers, supported legal action, and spoke directly to developers on policy in jurisdictions around the world. As part of our commitment to developers, we’d like to share some highlights of what GitHub Policy did for you in 2020. […]

February 3, 2021
GitHub joins amicus brief warning of systemic risk from private sector offensive actors

GitHub joins amicus brief warning of systemic risk from private sector offensive actors

Today, GitHub joined an amicus brief in NSO v. WhatsApp, opposing the expansion of foreign sovereign immunity to private cyber-surveillance companies that act on behalf of foreign governments. GitHub joined alongside Cisco, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, VMware, and the Internet Association against immunity for private sector offensive actors (PSOAs). Law and policy shape the software ecosystem. […]

December 21, 2020
Inspired by Open Source: Balanced Employee Intellectual Property Agreement 2.0

Inspired by Open Source: Balanced Employee Intellectual Property Agreement 2.0

GitHub is on a mission to accelerate human progress through developer collaboration. We do that by empowering our own employees to use their creativity to learn, play, and build great things. We believe that employers should encourage this creativity by providing certainty to employees about what they own and what they do not when they […]

December 14, 2020
Commit your vote on election day!

Commit your vote on election day!

Closing that priority issue you’re working on can wait—put down your keyboard and vote! Millions of you already have, and your vote in national and local elections may just impact your work as developers. Government policies influence what software is built, how it’s used, and who gets to build it in the first place. Remember, […]

November 2, 2020
Vote, and contribute to democracy through open source

Vote, and contribute to democracy through open source

November 3 is election day in the U.S. Early voting is available in most states. If you haven’t yet, make a plan to vote. If you’re an employer in the U.S., make sure employees have time to vote. Can developers contribute to better elections through open source? Yes, though it’s a challenging, complex space, with […]

October 22, 2020
Standing by developers through Google v. Oracle

Standing by developers through Google v. Oracle

This article originally appeared in TechCrunch, and is republished here with permission. The Supreme Court heard arguments October 7 in Google v. Oracle. This case raises a fundamental question for software developers and the open source community: whether copyright may prevent developers from using software’s functional interfaces – known as APIs – to advance innovation […]

October 15, 2020
GitHub Supports the Open Technology Fund

GitHub Supports the Open Technology Fund

Last week, GitHub joined over 500 organizations signing a letter to the U.S. Congress seeking continued support for the Open Technology Fund (OTF) and its mission of funding open source tools for internet freedom. OTF has demonstrated the power of investing in open source for public good. Taking relatively modest government grants, OTF has seeded […]

July 2, 2020
One more vote for net neutrality and beyond

One more vote for net neutrality and beyond

The tech industry and internet users collectively made a ruckus, but the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) still voted to repeal net neutrality regulations. The FCC published its order in the Federal Register on February 22. That means the U.S. Congress now has 60 legislative days to reverse the FCC’s order, starting in the Senate. […]

February 27, 2018
Join GitHub in support of the open internet, again

Join GitHub in support of the open internet, again

Nearly three years ago GitHub joined millions of people and hundreds of companies to support the open internet. In 2015 the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed net neutrality rules under which broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; impair or degrade lawful internet traffic on basis […]

July 12, 2017
Work/life balance in employee intellectual property agreements

Work/life balance in employee intellectual property agreements

At GitHub, we recognize that running a great business over the long term requires a measure of “work/life balance” – and that includes recognizing that developers and other knowledge workers have creative lives outside of work. Whether that free time creativity involves contributing to open source projects, art, or activism, we want to encourage our […]

March 21, 2017