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A funny thing happens as a Congressional session comes to a close. Priorities, whether political or policy, rocket to the surface.  It becomes a war of attrition, of who can keep things 'out of sight, out of mind' before people get tired and want to go home.   But, there are always numerous pieces... Read more
3 comments Posted 21 Dec 2010 by Art Seavey Feed
Recognizing the role of open source and open standards in innovation, the European Commission released yesterday its long-awaited “European Interoperability Framework.” This official policy (the “EIF”)
1 comment Posted 17 Dec 2010 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear an appeal regarding the evidentiary standard for invalidating patents. The case involves a judgment against Microsoft Corporation in favor of i4i Limited Partnership. If the Court accepts Microsoft's arguments, it could be good news for the FOSS... Read more
0 comments Posted 14 Dec 2010 by Mike Pavento Feed
Imagine a 20-year-old musician publishing his work today. Let's pretend he's living the fast and reckless life of a rock star and will die young at 45. Because the copyright term has been ratcheted up to life of the author plus 70 years (or 95 years from publication for corporate works), you won't... Read more
0 comments Posted 2 Dec 2010 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Our society and its lawmakers are notoriously bad at predicting the effects of new technologies. I think of the ongoing battles over new distribution formats, like the assumption that "the VCR [would be] to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman... Read more
0 comments Posted 30 Nov 2010 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Why did Plato argue that remixing should be banned by the state? What threats did jazz and rock 'n roll pose? And what does all of that mean for the conflicts between artists and copyright today?
3 comments Posted 23 Nov 2010 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
The serious problem of proliferating bad software patents was not solved by the Supreme Court's Bilski decision, but now it's looking like it may be part of the solution. The early case law applying Bilski is much more encouraging than expected. The new Bilski test focuses on whether an... Read more
40 comments Posted 18 Nov 2010 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
License compliance is a major and costly issue for proprietary software, but the license involved in that case is an End User License Agreement (EULA), not a source license delivering extensive liberties. When we compare like-for-like, we discover open source software has no such issues. End-... Read more
3 comments Posted 25 Oct 2010 by Simon Phipps Feed
When the Supreme Court decided the Bilski case, it didn't speak directly to the issue of software patents.  But the Bilski majority  emphasized that abstract ideas are not patentable, and recognized that allowing patents for abstract ideas could hinder innovation.  Thus there's still room for... Read more
11 comments Posted 30 Sep 2010 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
A collaborative activity dubbed Project Harmony is now under way between corporate and corporate-sponsored participants in the free and open source software communities (not to be confused with the Apache Java project of the same name). The project seeks to harmonise the various participant and... Read more
0 comments Posted 1 Sep 2010 by Simon Phipps Feed

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