Law

The new MPL
Last week the Mozilla Foundation released version 2.0 of the Mozilla Public License. Immediately recognized as a free software license by the Free Software Foundation and approved as an Open Source license by the Open Source Initiative, MPL 2.0 is a well-crafted modern license that ought to be... Read more
1 comment Posted 9 Jan 2012 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
The No SOPA Chrome extension
The fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't over. It returns to the Senate table late this month--as does PROTECT IP.
0 comments Posted 6 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
The problem with patents
This week FrugalDad posted an infographic about how the patent system has reacted to the rapid pace of technology, inspired by the "When Patents Attack!" episode of NPR's This American Life. As he writes in the graphic, patents were imagined as a way to "promote the progress of science and useful... Read more
1 comment Posted 6 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Open*Law: 2011 in review
As we wrote in last year's year-in-review, patents are a big focus at the intersection of open source and law. This year was no different--2011 saw Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership go before the Supreme Court. It was affirmed, 8-0 on June 9, rejecting Microsoft's request to change the... Read more
0 comments Posted 30 Dec 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Open*Law 2011 best images
The visual components on opensource.com are an important element to the look and feel of our content. The images help set the tone for the site. The imagery embodies qualities such as motivational, editorial, authoritative (but not authoritarian), human, and optimism. Without our imagery, the... Read more
0 comments Posted 30 Dec 2011 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Open*Law 2011 best images
The visual components on opensource.com are an important element to the look and feel of our content. The images help set the tone for the site. The imagery embodies qualities such as motivational, editorial, authoritative (but not authoritarian), human, and optimism. Without our imagery, the... Read more
0 comments Posted 30 Dec 2011 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
What SOPA means for [fill in the blank]
Today the House Judiciary Committee spent four hours debating HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, despite early successes of momentum against it. No vote was taken. Yesterday, many of those those who get their news from newspapers saw an ad taken out in major papers around... Read more
0 comments Posted 15 Dec 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
What's on the blacklist? Three sites that SOPA could put at risk
Proponents of the latest disastrous IP bill, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) insist it only targets the "worst of the worst:" so-called "rogue" foreign websites that profit from pirating U.S. intellectual property. But the broad definitions and vague language in the bill could place dangerous... Read more
3 comments Posted 17 Nov 2011 by Electronic Frontier Foundation (Red Hat) Feed
Patent reform and patent totalitarianism
Touted as the most extensive revision of the patent law since 1952, the America Invents Act of 2011 was signed by the President on September 16. You might think in light of the celebration and rhetoric, that the Act was tackling the big problems such as patent trolls, broad and abstract patents,... Read more
2 comments Posted 31 Oct 2011 by Brian Kahin Feed
Creative Commons 4.0 on the horizon
Creative Commons held its Global Summit a few weeks ago in Warsaw, with amazing international participation. Without question, the most-discussed topic was the upcoming 4.0 release of the licenses, including related issues and a lively debate regarding whether the licenses should be ported to... Read more
1 comment Posted 13 Oct 2011 by Marek Mahut (Red Hat) Feed

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