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Lessons in copyright
Open curriculum alternatives to MPAA’s new anti-piracy campaign for kids. It has come to our attention that the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and top internet service providers are drafting curriculum to teach kids in California elementary... Read more
6 comments Posted 30 Sep 2013 by Jane Park Feed
hazy shade of value
Before the summer Congressional recess, a broad coalition of job-creating businesses added their voices to the pro-reform chorus with a ringing letter to Congress urging that expansion of the Covered Business Method (CBM) program be a cornerstone of any patent reform legislation being considered. ... Read more
3 comments Posted 24 Sep 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
In a previous article, I discussed the complaints that have been leveled against GitHub during the past year and a half concerning the purported problem of public, seemingly-FLOSS code repositories with no explicit licensing. Here I will address the actions GitHub took in July, which were... Read more
3 comments Posted 16 Sep 2013 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
Software patent reform
Momentum seems to be building in Congress to tackle patent reform. From an open source perspective, any reform that reduces the risk and expense of patent lawsuits is surely a good thing. But the reforms under current discussion so far have largely been focused on the problem of NPEs (non-... Read more
3 comments Posted 10 Sep 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
patent reform
During the August Congressional recess, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its long-awaited study on Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), required under the America Invents Act (AIA). The report paints a rather grim picture of the current patent system. It reinforces the call by key... Read more
5 comments Posted 9 Sep 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
balancing free software
Microsoft and Nokia protest "price predation" and play at being prey. Does no-cost software harm consumers? The FairSearch coalition thinks so, at least when it comes to Google: They say Google engages in predatory pricing when it distributes Android – a Linux-based mobile operating system –... Read more
8 comments Posted 15 Aug 2013 by Patrick McBride (Red Hat) Feed
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Few would deny that the rise of GitHub as a popular hosting service for software projects is one of the most significant developments to affect open source during the past five years. GitHub's extraordinary success is necessary context for understanding the criticism leveled at it during the past... Read more
5 comments Posted 13 Aug 2013 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
open source licensing
Free software licenses can be divided into two broad categories: copyleft licenses (like the GPL), which require derivatives of the software to be licensed under the same terms; and permissive licenses (like the MIT/X11 license), which allow the software to be reused in any project, even closed-... Read more
8 comments Posted 8 Aug 2013 by Nicolas Suzor Feed
patent reform
Patent reform is hot! The momentum seems to be building in Congress for patent reform to address the problem of nefarious patent exploiters (also known as non-practicing entities, patent assertion entities, and, less politely, trolls). As previously noted here, there are a number of serious... Read more
2 comments Posted 1 Aug 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
foss lawyers
Co-authors: Thomas Jansen and Hannes Meyle The GPLv2 continues to be the most widely used FOSS license, but has been rarely interpreted by courts. Most of these decisions have come from Germany as a result of the enforcement actions of Harold Welte. The recent Fantec decision in Germany is the... Read more
3 comments Posted 30 Jul 2013 by Mark Radcliffe Feed

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