Law

It's Spring 2003.  I'm the Red Hat general counsel.  Total Red Hat revenues the prior year were less than $100 million.  Red Hat's loss on continuing operations was $17 million.  Only the year before did Red Hat launch its Advanced Server offering, the predecessor to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  SCO... Read more
1 comment Posted 1 Apr 2010 by Mark Webbink Feed
In the technical world, we long ago came to understand, thanks to Larry Lessig, that code is law. The way we build our systems and protocols defines how the Internet and our operating systems work. If we turn to the real world, we see that the reverse holds and that law is code. The way we... Read more
0 comments Posted 31 Mar 2010 by Carl Malamud Feed
There is a fairly common perception among FOSS hackers that there is no community of FOSS lawyers. Scratch the surface, though, and it turns out that- despite our handicaps- the FOSS legal community is there and growing. Since this question recently came up in the context of Mozilla's decision to... Read more
19 comments Posted 29 Mar 2010 by Luis Villa Feed
Updating the MPL
The Mozilla Foundation has announced its process for updating the Mozilla Public License.  While Mozilla's substantive goals for the new version of the MPL (which will probably be numbered 2.0) are quite different from the FSF's objectives in drafting GPLv3, Mozilla is adopting some of the features... Read more
1 comment Posted 11 Mar 2010 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
Patent decisions are usually pretty dry stuff, but In Media Technologies Licensing, LLC v. The Upper Deck Co. is a patent lawsuit about sports trading cards. This is what a patent claim for a trading card looks like:
1 comment Posted 2 Mar 2010 by Pam Chestek Feed
If you use open source, you have no respect for intellectual property. Or at least, that’s what the International Intellectual Property Alliance seems to think. According to this article, the lobbying group is asking the US Trade Representative to put Indonesia on its "Special 301 Priority Watch... Read more
18 comments Posted 26 Feb 2010 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
Users of free and open source software (“FOSS”) have little to gain and much to fear from the patent system. The patent system poses two major threats to users: First, the software itself can be burdened or extinguished altogether by “software patents', that is, claims over basic techniques used in... Read more
4 comments Posted 18 Feb 2010 by Mishi Feed
The mashup and the meme aren't new, but there is an interesting video on YouTube about "stage 2" video mixes and their creative and social implications.  The narrator describes  how a group of friends in Brooklyn spent an afternoon creating a video tribute to a "stage 1" remix of 80's Brat Pack... Read more
0 comments Posted 14 Feb 2010 by Pam Chestek Feed
At the Linux Foundation counsel meeting in Palo Alto last week, I had a chance to talk with attorneys for some leading tech companies about the threat to open source software from patent trolls. Some still politely avoid calling a troll a troll and substitute the more anodyne “non-practicing... Read more
7 comments Posted 14 Feb 2010 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Free and open source software
Last Thursday the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSS L. Rev.) released its second issue on-line in HTML and PDF format. This was not on the front of Slashdot or The Register, but it was one of the more significant developments so far this year in Free Software governance... Read more
4 comments Posted 4 Feb 2010 by Shane Coughlan Feed

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