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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
The Mozilla Public License - almost 2.0 (part 1)
Over the past 18 months, the Mozilla community has been revising the Mozilla Public License. See earlier post. We recently announced, in true community development fashion, a release candidate--the text that we hope will become MPL 2.0 after one last set of eyes review it. This piece is a brief... Read more
0 comments Posted 29 Aug 2011 by Luis Villa Feed
Mobile patent wars and Linux in context
Mobile Linux platforms are making incredible inroads into the emerging smartphone market. The market leading position that Apple developed and which seemed insurmountable just 18 months ago has now been eclipsed by the Android platform, alone. As the MeeGo smartphone platform enters the market this... Read more
1 comment Posted 25 Aug 2011 by Keith Bergelt Feed
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0 comments Posted 16 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
We're sure you have some other thoughts on this. Chime in using the comments after you vote.
0 comments Posted 16 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
Platform wars: software patents in a new light
I recently wrote about the $4.5 billion auction for Nortel's portfolio of 6,000 patents that went to a consortium that included Apple, Microsoft, and RIM (Blackberry) -- three of four smartphone platforms. In the wake of this sale, Interdigital has contemplated monetizing its portfolio of 8,... Read more
0 comments Posted 15 Aug 2011 by Brian Kahin Feed

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