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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?
Share your thoughts in the comments.
3 comments Posted 20 Sep 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
Is the very concept of intellectual property outmoded?
Share your thoughts in the comments.
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
Why make a new open source software license?  MPL 2.0 (part 3)
In my previous posts, I discussed the new features of the MPL and the new compatibility between MPL and other licenses. In this final post, I'll summarize a few other small details about the new MPL that may be of interest to opensource.com readers.
0 comments Posted 15 Sep 2011 by Luis Villa Feed
MPL 2.0, copyleft, and license compatibility
In part one of my Mozilla Public License piece, I mentioned license compatibility as a major feature of MPL 2.0. In fact, it's such a major - and complicated - issue that it warrants its own explanation.
0 comments Posted 7 Sep 2011 by Luis Villa Feed
Aaron Swartz is 25 years old. He’s smart, tenacious, talented. And, in the view of the US Attorney General, a dangerous man currently charged with wire and computer fraud, obtaining information from a protected computer, and criminal forfeiture. He was released pending a September trial on a $... Read more
24 comments Posted 31 Aug 2011 by bascha (Red Hat) Feed

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