copyright

Saddened and bewildered by academic copyright assignments
Karl Fogel reminded me to check the copyright assignment for the scholarly papers I'm starting to submit on Teaching Open Source (TOS), particularly POSSE. I sat down and did some digging, and here's what I found--keep in mind these are the notes of an unschooled grad student new to the topic,... Read more
9 comments Posted 30 Sep 2011 by Mel Chua Feed
To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day the opensource.com way, we gathered a list of things that have been said through the history of copyright, copying, remixing, and the sort of piracy that doesn't involve tricorn hats or cutlasses. "Music and gymnastic (must) be preserved in their original form,... Read more
2 comments Posted 19 Sep 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
The entrepreneur's dilemma: Justifying contributor agreements in open source
At the start of the summer, you may recall Project Harmony causing a certain amount of controversy on the subject of contributor agreements in open source communities. My position on them was and is that they are a rarely needed and exceptional tool that should be avoided unless essential,... Read more
2 comments Posted 2 Sep 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
It's the heat of summer here in North America, so it's time to reprise our summer reading list with this year's choices. Some are recent releases; others are older favorites and perhaps new to you. Regardless of age, they're what our open source authors are reading this summer and would like to... Read more
8 comments Posted 22 Jul 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
After you vote, chime in on the comments with your thoughts on copyrights and why you voted the way you did.
32 comments Posted 19 Jul 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
After you vote, chime in on the comments with your thoughts on copyrights and why you voted the way you did.
32 comments Posted 19 Jul 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
Some time ago, at the very beginning of opensource.com, I wrote a post on the possibility of using some archaic forms of law – champerty, barratry and maintenance – against patent trolls. And lo and behold someone is taking a run at it, although against a copyright troll, not a patent troll.
7 comments Posted 24 Jun 2011 by Pam Chestek Feed
When it considers Golan v. Holder in the coming months, the United States Supreme Court could potentially put an end to a decade-long copyright battle whose outcome significantly affects educators' abilities to use public domain works. In the process, it will wrestle with a thorny question of... Read more
3 comments Posted 14 Jun 2011 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
The Hargreaves Report issued last month has some thought-provoking things to say about the problems of software patents, lengthy copyright terms, and other intellectual property issues. It doesn't propose complete solutions, but its approach seems directionally sound. Officially titled "Digital... Read more
0 comments Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
I've long been under the impression that copyright began with the Statute of Anne in 1710, as is generally taught. But have you ever heard of Saint Columba (521-597)? If not, the story is going to sound pretty familiar compared to modern copyright battles. But fortunately, mp3 downloads rarely... Read more
7 comments Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed

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