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A new documentary about the life of Aaron Swartz was released in June this year. It recounts the story of one of the most impactful young talents of the Internet age, and the tragic saga of his quest to make the world a better place.
1 comment Posted 25 Sep 2014 by Luis Ibanez Feed
When Versata Software sued Ameriprise Financial Services for breaching its software license, it unwittingly unearthed a GPL violation of its own and touched off another lawsuit that could prove to be a leading case on free and open source software licensing. This post takes a look at the legal... Read more
20 comments Posted 30 Jul 2014 by Aaron Williamson Feed
Did you know that more than twenty U.S. states have patent abuse litigation laws that have been passed or are pending? Find out which states are looking to curb patent trolling practices.
0 comments Posted 9 Jun 2014 by Opensource.com (Red Hat) Feed
patent trolls
Patent trolling—the aggressive assertion of weak or meritless patent claims by non-practicing entities—is a frequent target of disdain from open source enthusiasts. Thus it may be of some comfort to readers that the highest court in the US has recently decided the issue is worth looking into. Three... Read more
1 comment Posted 30 Apr 2014 by Adam Saunders Feed
open source software is commericial
I had a chance to catch up with David A. Wheeler, a long-time leader in advising and working with the US government on issues related to open source software. As early as the late 1990s, David was demonstrating why open source software was integral to the US goverment IT architecture, and his... Read more
0 comments Posted 24 Apr 2014 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
will invalidating patents get easier?
You’ve probably realized this by now, but the Supreme Court is having a very busy term when it comes to patent cases. In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc.—scheduled for oral argument on April 28—the Court will consider whether to hold vague patents to a more exacting standard.
0 comments Posted 19 Mar 2014 by David Perry (Red Hat) Feed
public policy
A recent post on the top events ahead in 2014 for reforming abusive patent litigation focused on efforts by State Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission, and US Congress. Let’s now take a look to another field involved in the multi-prong strategy to address patent abuse: the Supreme Court... Read more
1 comment Posted 5 Feb 2014 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
In December, the Italian government issued final rules implementing a change to procurement law that now requires all public administrations in the country to first consider re-used or free software before committing to proprietary licenses. Importantly, the new rules include an enforcement... Read more
0 comments Posted 22 Jan 2014 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
reform of abusive patent litigation
It’s a new year and all indications are that it will be a busy one for reform of abusive patent litigation. What are some of the top events ahead in 2014?
0 comments Posted 20 Jan 2014 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Top 10 open law posts in 2013
The most-read posts this year on the Opensource.com Law channel showed a strong interest in diverse legal issues in the open source world. Many readers were reaching out for a better understanding open source licensing and related questions, such as:
0 comments Posted 26 Dec 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed

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