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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
Photographer PeteZab, Peter Zabulis, publishes his photos on Flickr.  Here are some of his snow scenes:
0 comments Posted 28 Jan 2010 by Pam Chestek Feed
We talk about open source a lot at Red Hat, but other interesting things come up. Last week I had a burrito with my colleague Jake Sullivan, who graduated not long ago from the University of North Carolina with a major in American history. Although I'd been working with Jake for more than a... Read more
3 comments Posted 24 Jan 2010 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
As a child growing up in India, one of the first things I learned is a hymn to Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, which says that: Wonderful is your gift of knowledgethe more we share, the more it growsthe more we hoard it, the more it diminishes As a grown-up living in a globalized world, I am... Read more
114 comments Posted 16 Dec 2009 by Venkatesh Hariharan (Venky) (Red Hat) Feed
On opensource.com you may often encounter references to "the open source way". My colleagues at Red Hat who use this phrase are, I think, looking at the most iconic, mature and commercially significant examples of the development model that is, today, closely associated with open source software,... Read more
1 comment Posted 15 Dec 2009 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed

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