Law

Harmony, the Canonical-led effort to provide a comprehensive suite of contributor agreements for open source projects, has quietly released its version 1.0, a year after Canonical general counsel Amanda Brock announced the initiative on opensource.com. During most of that year, Harmony's... Read more
22 comments Posted 7 Jul 2011 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
Some time ago, at the very beginning of opensource.com, I wrote a post on the possibility of using some archaic forms of law – champerty, barratry and maintenance – against patent trolls. And lo and behold someone is taking a run at it, although against a copyright troll, not a patent troll.
7 comments Posted 24 Jun 2011 by Pam Chestek Feed
The Hargreaves Report issued last month has some thought-provoking things to say about the problems of software patents, lengthy copyright terms, and other intellectual property issues. It doesn't propose complete solutions, but its approach seems directionally sound. Officially titled "Digital... Read more
0 comments Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
I've long been under the impression that copyright began with the Statute of Anne in 1710, as is generally taught. But have you ever heard of Saint Columba (521-597)? If not, the story is going to sound pretty familiar compared to modern copyright battles. But fortunately, mp3 downloads rarely... Read more
7 comments Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Over the last eight years, Pamela Jones, known as "PJ," wrote volumes at Groklaw—first as a blog about the holes in SCO's claims, then increasingly as a place for wider commentary on the legal issues facing Linux and open source. To summarize the site's mission statement, Groklaw was a full legal... Read more
4 comments Posted 16 May 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
The Belgian Court of Appeals ruled this week that Google is infringing the copyrights of Belgian newspapers by linking to and posting portions of the articles on Google news. Google must remove all articles and photos from Belgian newspapers in French and German or face a fine of 20,000 euros per... Read more
4 comments Posted 13 May 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
On April 26, the world lost Keith Aoki, author, artist, and distinguished professor at the UC Davis law school. You've seen his work on opensource.com in our Theft! A History of Music series of posts, which previewed the forthcoming comic book by the same name. Aoki's colleague James Boyle... Read more
0 comments Posted 12 May 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Software patents
After you cast your vote, tell us what you think about the FTC weighing in on patent reform or if software patents are too abstract to patent. Comments welcome.
11 comments Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Software patents
After you cast your vote, tell us what you think about the FTC weighing in on patent reform or if software patents are too abstract to patent. Comments welcome.
11 comments Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Last month the Federal Trade Commission issued a report that acknowledged important problems in the U.S. Patent system as it affects software. The government doesn't do that every day, so that's good news. The FTC report also suggested some reforms that could mitigate some of those problems.
0 comments Posted 26 Apr 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed

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