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The willingness to collaborate brought us free and open source software.  Now we continue to see that willingness to collaborate permeate our government agencies.  A prime example is the Peer To Patent program developed at New York Law School by Prof.
2 comments Posted 22 Jul 2010 by Mark Webbink Feed
The Supreme Court case of Bilski v Kappos was billed as a case over business methods, but at its core it was over an application for a patent on software, and the denial of that application sets a good example that may lead to the denial of other software patents.
1 comment Posted 13 Jul 2010 by Ben Klemens Feed
I had the opportunity to participate as a speaker in the first Open Your World forum.  My presentation, "Open Source License Compliance", was an adaptation of a talk I've previously given to lawyers with varying levels of experience in the legal issues surrounding open source software.  It is... Read more
3 comments Posted 8 Jul 2010 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
The Supreme Court finally issued a decision in the Bilski case today [PDF]. For those troubled by the problems surrounding software patents, the opinion will be disappointing, because it does not resolve those problems. But it would be a mistake to view the opinion as a victory for the proponents... Read more
5 comments Posted 28 Jun 2010 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
I had the opportunity to sit down with Larry Lessig last week.  Co-founder of Creative Commons, law professor, author, and copyright guru, Lessig is a visionary of law and technology policy. In the FLOSS community, Lessig is best known for his book Free Culture and work on copyright policy. In his... Read more
0 comments Posted 28 Jun 2010 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
On 16 June Project Harmony had its first official meeting in Boston, and we're planning another in London on 1st July at Canonical's offices.  Its initial goal is to avoid proliferation in contribution agreements across FOSS software projects where those organisations chose to work with... Read more
3 comments Posted 24 Jun 2010 by Amanda Brock Feed
When I said recently that we still need the Open Source Initiative (OSI), it started a flood of comment. There's no doubt that we need OSI - but we need a better OSI. The one we have now is just too small to be effective and too mired in past successes; a renaissance is needed. You can help.
6 comments Posted 13 Jun 2010 by Simon Phipps Feed
A little over a month ago, the Fedora Project announced a plan to replace the existing Fedora Individual Contributor License Agreement (FICLA) with something new, which we've imaginatively titled the Fedora Project Contributor Agreement (FPCA). After gathering some feedback on the first draft from... Read more
0 comments Posted 10 Jun 2010 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
One of the most important aspects of the recent trial victory for Red Hat and Novell was a finding that the asserted patent claims were invalid.  This meant that the jury was persuaded by clear and convincing evidence that the patents were improperly granted.  Getting to this decision involved... Read more
3 comments Posted 18 May 2010 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Red Hat and Novell stood up to a patent bully and got a favorable jury verdict in the IPI trial which invalidated some software patents that should never have been issued. It's hard to see how that's not a good thing for open source. It's also good that the particular battle has inspired discussion... Read more
31 comments Posted 11 May 2010 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed

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