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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
"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.
0 comments Posted 14 Dec 2009 by Pam Chestek Feed
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
3 comments Posted 13 Dec 2009 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
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.
0 comments Posted 11 Dec 2009 by Pam Chestek Feed
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:
24 comments Posted 12 Nov 2009 by Pam Chestek Feed
Bradley Kuhn at the Software Freedom Law Center has posted some advice on reporting GPL violations - "Assume the violation is an oversight or an accident by the violator until you have clear evidence that tells you differently."
0 comments Posted 9 Nov 2009 by Pam Chestek Feed
In the past, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Europeans have objected to the Google book scanning project and the proposed settlement.  The reasons I've heard for the objection include the absence of protection for moral rights in the U.S., that foreign works published in the U.S. may not... Read more
0 comments Posted 5 Nov 2009 by Pam Chestek Feed
There is no morality in copyright, it's just a tool.  I have no problem with anyone who believes that their own best interests are furthered by refusing any licensing of their work, and I respect that decision.  Don't want your music to be shared?  That's your choice - maybe it's not smart or... Read more
2 comments Posted 30 Oct 2009 by Pam Chestek Feed

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