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
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
Photographer PeteZab, Peter Zabulis, publishes his photos on Flickr. Here are some of his snow scenes:
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
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
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
"CBS uncovers rare Jack Benny treasures, puts them back and tosses out the key." We need an Orphan Works Act before we lose more of our social and cultural heritage to time and memory.
When the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Bilski case a few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at their courtroom in Washington, D.C. I'd previously worked on a brief for Red Hat arguing that the Court should address the harm that software patents cause to innovation.... Read more
When I came to Red Hat, I had to make about a 180-degree shift in my approach to my work. My practice is in trademarks, copyrights and patents, fields that are traditionally all about excluding others. Counseling clients was about how to keep anyone else from using what was yours.
Let's bring back barratry, maintenance, and champerty for patent lawsuits. Combine that with a limitation on the assignment of patents and a lot of patent trolls would be out of business. This is what barratry, maintenance and champerty meant in England in 1916: