Law

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
Like many, I was surprised-but-not-really when Pamela Jones announced that she would be retiring original content on the legal analysis site that grew to fame within and without the open source community as it rose to do battle with the incredibly audacious claims by The SCO Group that Linux was... Read more
7 comments Posted 19 Apr 2011 by Brian Proffitt Feed
Creative Commons posted two pieces to their blog today regarding their licenses, and in particular, CC0, the Creative Commons public domain notice. Plaintext versions of Creative Commons licenses The Creative Commons licenses are now available in plaintext form:
0 comments Posted 15 Apr 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
In my March 2 post on patent reform, I noted that many of the provisions offered in prior versions of patent reform bills were removed from the pending bill. On March 8, the Senate passed S. 23, now called the “America Invents Act” 95-5. As one might guess, any legislation passed with such... Read more
0 comments Posted 11 Apr 2011 by Erick Robinson Feed
The threat from software patent trolls arises not from an invisible distant origin, but actually from within open source communities. So that's the best place to eradicate it.
1 comment Posted 16 Mar 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
Yesterday a patent reform bill passed in the Senate, but the sound and fury don't seem to signify much. The legislation as it evolved has shed most of the features that could have been controversial, or could have significantly improved the current patent system. The press around this legislation,... Read more
7 comments Posted 9 Mar 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Congress has been considering some form of patent reform for several years now, beginning with the Patent Reform Act of 2005. Once again, patent reform in is the air, as the Patent Reform Act of 2011 (the "PRA") has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is scheduled to be debated by... Read more
5 comments Posted 2 Mar 2011 by Erick Robinson Feed
Free and open source software
As I wrote previously concerning indemnity, I constantly encounter both governments and companies claiming they have policies permitting or even favouring open source software. Yet there's still a huge amount of proprietary software being procured by them.
0 comments Posted 21 Feb 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
All over the world, I encounter both governments and companies claiming they have a policy permitting or even favouring open source software--indeed, the new President of Brazil just issued a decree on that subject. Yet when you actually look at what they are doing, you find that there's still a... Read more
3 comments Posted 15 Feb 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed

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