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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
patent reform
If you guessed that they are all big in California—well, you're kinda right. But the more significant answer is that they are part of a growing broad array of the US economy that have united together to strongly encourage Congress to address abuses of the legal system by Patent Assertion Entities (... Read more
0 comments Posted 23 Jul 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
open source and copyright law
Software is protected by copyright law in the U.S. and many other countries. Anyone that wrote the software, owns the copyright and can say how it is used. [NOT saying how it can be used does NOT remove your responsibility as the owner, even if you don't care.] People sometimes give up their... Read more
5 comments Posted 17 Jul 2013 by Stephen R. Walli Feed
patent litigation
Open source community members and most everyone else involved in software are concerned about patent lawsuits and the activities of non-practicing entities (NPEs). While we all have a sense from personal experience or by reading the news that patent litigation and NPEs are a large and growing... Read more
0 comments Posted 8 Jul 2013 by David Perry (Red Hat) Feed
patent litigation aggressors
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears to be ramping up for an investigation of Patent Assertion Entity (PAE) practices. In a noteworthy, welcome development, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez recently gave a significant policy speech outlining a roadmap for possible FTC action. Chairwoman Ramirez’s... Read more
1 comment Posted 1 Jul 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
government and patent law
Congress is beginning to focus on the abusive use of patents by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) with new legislative proposals. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and a wide variety of witnesses highlighted the PAE problem in hearings last winter. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman... Read more
4 comments Posted 24 Jun 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
patent reform
On Friday June 7, the German Parliament decided upon a joint motion to limit software patents (see English translation by BIKT). The Parliament urges the German Government to take steps to limit the granting of patents on computer programs. Software should exclusively be covered by copyright, and... Read more
Patent reform
The White House on Tuesday announced a broad set of legislative recommendations for Congress and executive actions aimed at thwarting abusive patent infringement lawsuits.
2 comments Posted 6 Jun 2013 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed

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