Law

peering into the patent haze
Software patent thickets are often compared to minefields, but with a note of resignation, as though there’s no avoiding them. The U.S. Supreme Court now has before it a case that could go a long way towards addressing the litigation risks and business uncertainties created by software patents. The... Read more
1 comment Posted 4 Mar 2014 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
free software legal issues
The year 2013 continued the trend of the increasing importance of legal issues for the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community. FOSS projects have  increased from 900,000 in 2012 to 1,000,000 in 2013, according to Black Duck Software. Last year, I provided a look at the top legal issues from... Read more
7 comments Posted 11 Feb 2014 by Mark Radcliffe Feed
public policy
A recent post on the top events ahead in 2014 for reforming abusive patent litigation focused on efforts by State Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission, and US Congress. Let’s now take a look to another field involved in the multi-prong strategy to address patent abuse: the Supreme Court... Read more
1 comment Posted 5 Feb 2014 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Copyright statements emerging in source code
I was looking at a source file for the OpenStack Ceilometer docs one day and noticed that there's a copyright statement at the top. Now, in no way do I want to pick on Nicholas. There are hundreds of such copyright statements in the OpenStack docs and code, and this is just the example I happened... Read more
12 comments Posted 4 Feb 2014 by Rich Bowen (Red Hat) Feed
The open source license you choose for your project, or for the projects you choose to contribute to, can have significant effects on how what you contribute is used. One question that has garnered quite a bit of interest recently is the fall in popularity of copyleft licenses in favor of... Read more
8 comments Posted 28 Jan 2014 by Marcus D. Hanwell Feed
reform of abusive patent litigation
It’s a new year and all indications are that it will be a busy one for reform of abusive patent litigation. What are some of the top events ahead in 2014?
0 comments Posted 20 Jan 2014 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Top 10 open law posts in 2013
The most-read posts this year on the Opensource.com Law channel showed a strong interest in diverse legal issues in the open source world. Many readers were reaching out for a better understanding open source licensing and related questions, such as:
0 comments Posted 26 Dec 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
8 bit patents
With patent reform legislation moving forward, an impressive group of law professors weighed in last week in favor of reform. The group submitted a letter to Congress that effectively demonstrates the seriousness of the problem of patent assertion entities (PAEs) and supports pending legislation.... Read more
2 comments Posted 2 Dec 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
creative commons licenses
Creative Commons proudly introduces our 4.0 licenses, now available for adoption worldwide. The 4.0 licenses—more than two years in the making—are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. Dozens of improvements have been incorporated that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed... Read more
0 comments Posted 28 Nov 2013 by Creative Commons Feed
Tell me more
I recently had the honor of being a guest on the JBoss Asylum podcast, hosted by Red Hat's Emmanuel Bernard and Max Rydahl Andersen. We discussed various topics at the intersection of law and software (particularly in relation to open source), including the
0 comments Posted 4 Oct 2013 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed

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