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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
open for business
On two recent occasions I've been asked to share why the open source economic model is sound. The first was on the elevator with an academic researcher while attending a recent meeting. We talked about open source, and he asked me: "If the software is open source,how are developers suppossed to... Read more
6 comments Posted 13 Feb 2013 by Luis Ibanez 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
NASA has been implementing an Open Government Plan for nearly a year, and this week they held the first NASA Open Source Summit in Mountain View, CA. But the roots of open source at NASA go back much further, to its founding legislation in 1958, which designed NASA as a source that would "provide... Read more
4 comments Posted 31 Mar 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Imagine a 20-year-old musician publishing his work today. Let's pretend he's living the fast and reckless life of a rock star and will die young at 45. Because the copyright term has been ratcheted up to life of the author plus 70 years (or 95 years from publication for corporate works), you won't... Read more
0 comments Posted 2 Dec 2010 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Our society and its lawmakers are notoriously bad at predicting the effects of new technologies. I think of the ongoing battles over new distribution formats, like the assumption that "the VCR [would be] to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman... Read more
0 comments Posted 30 Nov 2010 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Abstract Logix is changing the music industry experience for musicians, fans, and retailers. How? By embracing the open source way and using a community-focused and collaborative approach. We interviewed Souvik Dutta, founder of Abstract Logix, to get a better understanding of how the open source... Read more
2 comments Posted 20 Sep 2010 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
All right, I get it. The iPhone is certainly a leader in both terms of sales and product ingenuity. I have often been known to blast Apple for being late to a party, then claiming they are introducing some incredible new feature (see Spaces vs Virtual Desktops). I won't hide the fact that I am not... Read more
118 comments Posted 23 Jun 2010 by Travis Kepley (Red Hat) Feed
When I said recently that we still need the Open Source Initiative (OSI), it started a flood of comment. There's no doubt that we need OSI - but we need a better OSI. The one we have now is just too small to be effective and too mired in past successes; a renaissance is needed. You can help.
6 comments Posted 13 Jun 2010 by Simon Phipps Feed
Updating the MPL
The Mozilla Foundation has announced its process for updating the Mozilla Public License.  While Mozilla's substantive goals for the new version of the MPL (which will probably be numbered 2.0) are quite different from the FSF's objectives in drafting GPLv3, Mozilla is adopting some of the features... Read more
1 comment Posted 11 Mar 2010 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed

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