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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
licensing intellectual property
Copyright, copyleft, or copy none? The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is concerned that some open source software developers are not choosing a license for their work, so they want to educate software developers and anyone else working on open source projects that simply not choosing a license is not... Read more
5 comments Posted 2 May 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
patents for open innovation
The flood of software patents has created an environment where companies are afraid that innovation leads to being hit by patent lawsuits. Every dollar spent fighting patent trolls and or waging patent wars is a dollar not spent researching, developing, and creating jobs. The situation is so bad... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Apr 2013 by Daniel Nazer Feed
make things better
Late last year, I wrote about the EFF’s project to leverage the Patent Office’s new Preissuance Submissions procedure to promote open 3D printing technology. Here we are, several months later, and the fight for open 3D printing continues. Now, the EFF has partnered with Ask Patents to facilitate... Read more
0 comments Posted 4 Apr 2013 by Jared Engstrom (Red Hat) Feed
David Mason (@dcm) and Heather LaGarde (@heatherlagarde) were interested in expressing open source in other ways and wanted to help spread mobile and open technologies across developing worlds at IntraHealth. They combined these two goals by remixing a song.
0 comments Posted 6 Mar 2013 by Heather LaGarde Feed
copyright in the dark
Modern copyright law grants copyright automatically to any creative work, including simple things like blog posts – and small pieces of code on github. This default copyright creates an assumption that for someone to do anything further with someone else's creative work requires permission from the... Read more
10 comments Posted 12 Feb 2013 by Luis Villa Feed
MPL GPL APACHE
I’ve recently been involved in several discussions that are variations on, "Which open source or free software license should I choose for my project?" Here is my way of looking at the large and growing collection of licenses in the wild. First, let's make sure we all understand that I Am Not A... Read more
8 comments Posted 29 Jan 2013 by Stephen R. Walli Feed
foss lawyers
The year 2012 had many important FOSS legal developments which reflects the continued increase in FOSS use. FOSS projects have increased from 600,000 in 2010 to 900,000 by December 2012. In addition, a Dr. Dobbs' survey in the third quarter of 2012 stated that more than 90% of developers are using... Read more
0 comments Posted 11 Jan 2013 by Mark Radcliffe Feed
patent stop sign
"Patents are here to stay." This is the sort of statement that makes me uneasy. I guess in the 17th century the common wisdom was "slavery is here to stay." In the 18th century giving voting rights to women seemed absurd and foreseeing open borders between France and German was crazy talk in 1945.... Read more
42 comments Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Carlo Piana Feed
Open law year in review
Looking back over the law channel posts of 2012, I was not surprised to see that software patents were a major concern. The high volume of significant patent lawsuits of competitors and rising levels of NPE (aka patent trolls or patent assertion entities) suits has been the subject of both open... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Dec 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed

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