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What SOPA means for [fill in the blank]
Today the House Judiciary Committee spent four hours debating HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, despite early successes of momentum against it. No vote was taken. Yesterday, many of those those who get their news from newspapers saw an ad taken out in major papers around... Read more
0 comments Posted 15 Dec 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
What's on the blacklist? Three sites that SOPA could put at risk
Proponents of the latest disastrous IP bill, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) insist it only targets the "worst of the worst:" so-called "rogue" foreign websites that profit from pirating U.S. intellectual property. But the broad definitions and vague language in the bill could place dangerous... Read more
3 comments Posted 17 Nov 2011 by Electronic Frontier Foundation (Red Hat) Feed
Patent reform and patent totalitarianism
Touted as the most extensive revision of the patent law since 1952, the America Invents Act of 2011 was signed by the President on September 16. You might think in light of the celebration and rhetoric, that the Act was tackling the big problems such as patent trolls, broad and abstract patents,... Read more
2 comments Posted 31 Oct 2011 by Brian Kahin Feed
Creative Commons 4.0 on the horizon
Creative Commons held its Global Summit a few weeks ago in Warsaw, with amazing international participation. Without question, the most-discussed topic was the upcoming 4.0 release of the licenses, including related issues and a lively debate regarding whether the licenses should be ported to... Read more
1 comment Posted 13 Oct 2011 by Marek Mahut (Red Hat) Feed
If we must have software patents, at least use the same rules
Last week, I participated in a panel discussion at the Eastern District of Texas/Federal Circuit Joint Bench-Bar Conference in Dallas.  The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is the specialized appellate court for patent cases.  My panel was on corporate counsel opinions of patent litigation... Read more
10 comments Posted 11 Oct 2011 by Erick Robinson Feed
Ginormous losses from NPE software patent lawsuits
Innovative software companies start each work day knowing that, no matter how careful and how ethical they are, they face a meaningful risk of being sued for patent infringement. It's like a tooth ache – painful and distracting, even when not debilitating. A major source of this pain is non-... Read more
5 comments Posted 27 Sep 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Is the very concept of intellectual property outmoded?
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3 comments Posted 20 Sep 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
Is the very concept of intellectual property outmoded?
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3 comments Posted 20 Sep 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day the opensource.com way, we gathered a list of things that have been said through the history of copyright, copying, remixing, and the sort of piracy that doesn't involve tricorn hats or cutlasses. "Music and gymnastic (must) be preserved in their original form,... Read more
2 comments Posted 19 Sep 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
New patent reform law could reduce lawsuits by non-practicing entity
The Hidden Gem in the Bill:  Joinder Reform So it has finally happened: a patent reform bill has actually become law. Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 89-9 to send H.R. 1249 to the White House, where it was signed into law today.  While I have pointed out in the past that this bill misses out... Read more
4 comments Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Erick Robinson Feed

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