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The software patent debate sometimes seems awfully one-sided. Passionate opponents carefully explain that software patents hinder innovation and supporters of the status quo ignore their arguments. Meanwhile, vast sums of money that could be used for innovation are diverted by patent lawsuits of... Read more
9 comments Posted 8 Aug 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
With a recent op-ed in the Economist and a segment on NPR's Planet Money, it seems as if an awareness of the high cost of the outmoded, traditional patent system is finally creeping into the mainstream.
0 comments Posted 2 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
With a recent op-ed in the Economist and a segment on NPR's Planet Money, it seems as if an awareness of the high cost of the outmoded, traditional patent system is finally creeping into the mainstream.
0 comments Posted 2 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
When the Supreme Court declined to speak to software patenting in the Bilski case, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the open source software world. The new Bilski test for patentable subject matter looked at first like the status quo for software patentability. But, being the sort of... Read more
7 comments Posted 18 Jul 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
This is the second part of a two-part article critiquing the output of Project Harmony.
20 comments Posted 11 Jul 2011 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
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

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