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software patents
This morning the New York Times published a front-page story on software patents. My wife got to the paper before I did, and as I got coffee she told me the story would make me happy. She also said it was too long for a normal busy person to read in its entirety. It is long, but I am happy to see... Read more
7 comments Posted 8 Oct 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
desire path
I had the privilege of working with David Tilbrook almost 25 years ago. He was the first person with whom I ever worked that clearly articulated proper software construction discipline for collaborative endeavours and captured a summary of it under the title, Washing Behind Your Ears: Principles of... Read more
4 comments Posted 27 Sep 2012 by Stephen R. Walli Feed
Patent troll
A new report titled An Overview of the "Patent Trolls" Debate [PDF] is a balanced but ultimately devastating indictment of "patent trolls." It was prepared by the Congressional Research Service for members of Congress, who could actually do something about the "troll" problem. It's a useful primer... Read more
27 comments Posted 24 Sep 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Creative Commons BY
For people wanting to learn about Creative Commons and its application in different sectors, there is a sea of materials available online. In particular, Creative Commons international affiliates create a huge number of educational resources that cross language and cultural boundaries. A few weeks... Read more
3 comments Posted 13 Sep 2012 by Natalya Berenshteyn Feed
Wright Brothers first flight via NASA
There's an old saying that everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it. The open source community maintains an active voice of indignation when it comes to the harms flowing from bad software patents. So it's worth noting when a leading patent law scholar proposes a... Read more
34 comments Posted 6 Sep 2012 by Jared Engstrom (Red Hat) Feed
patent reform
Does the Apple-Samsung case have a silver lining? For the open source community, the large damages verdict is disturbing, but at least it is drawing public attention to some of the deep problems of our patent system. This week the New York Times ran a front page story on the jury’s verdict that... Read more
8 comments Posted 30 Aug 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
mobile mashup
Now the that the jury has given Apple almost everything it asked for in its infringement suit against Samsung, what should we expect to happen next? I think it's a given that Samsung will appeal. Given the damages awarded and the obvious determination of Apple to defend its patents, Samsung has... Read more
4 comments Posted 27 Aug 2012 by Andy Updegrove Feed
AACS tattoo
A few months ago, we outlined a few of the major moments in the history of digital rights management (DRM) in the music industry. This time, we're talking about TV, video, and the events in the ongoing fight over copying. We're still calling it the "DRM graveyard"--but as you'll see, the failures... Read more
1 comment Posted 9 Jul 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
New EFF campaign proposes seven changes to U.S. patent system
Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched Defend Innovation, a campaign to end software patent abuse, promote seven alterations to the United States patent system, and initiate dialogue about the ways software patents actually hinder the inventors they are designed to protect. "The... Read more
5 comments Posted 25 Jun 2012 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
 Oracle v. Google and API copyrightability
As has been widely reported, the district court in the Oracle v. Google case has issued an order holding that the "structure, sequence and organization" (SSO) of 37 J2SE 5.0 API packages is not copyrightable. Oracle is expected to appeal.
12 comments Posted 4 Jun 2012 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed

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