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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
The Open Source Procurement Toolkit: Still crippled by "free"
The recent release of the Open Source Procurement Toolkit by the Cabinet Office has been interesting and encouraging, even if it did stir in me a certain scepticism that things will be different this time round. Under both Labour and Conservative administrations, the Cabinet Office has been tasked... Read more
1 comment Posted 29 Nov 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
The state of open data 2011
What is the state of the open data movement? During my opening keynote at the Open Government Data Camp (held this year in Warsaw, Poland) I sought to follow up on my talk from last year's conference. Here's my take of where we are today.
0 comments Posted 7 Nov 2011 by David Eaves Feed
The uneasy relationship between open source and profit
Open source has always had an on-again, off-again relationship with profit. Richard Stallman's FOSS idea was anti-capitalist. Eric Raymond's open source attitude is profoundly pro-capitalist. Yet the first open source companies to emerge in the early part of the last decade used FOSS licenses, not... Read more
3 comments Posted 5 Oct 2011 by Dana Blankenhorn Feed
Mobile patent wars and Linux in context
Mobile Linux platforms are making incredible inroads into the emerging smartphone market. The market leading position that Apple developed and which seemed insurmountable just 18 months ago has now been eclipsed by the Android platform, alone. As the MeeGo smartphone platform enters the market this... Read more
1 comment Posted 25 Aug 2011 by Keith Bergelt Feed
When the Supreme Court declined to speak to software patenting in the Bilski case, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the open source software world. The new Bilski test for patentable subject matter looked at first like the status quo for software patentability. But, being the sort of... Read more
7 comments Posted 18 Jul 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Microsoft has ended its deal to let the open source Asterisk PBX system work with Skype as of July 26, perhaps due to the launch of its own competing service. When Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for Skype two weeks ago, they promised to hold it as a separate division and continue supporting non-... Read more
22 comments Posted 26 May 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
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12 comments Posted 18 May 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
If you were compiling a list of the world's most innovative companies, which businesses would top your list? No one would be surprised if you picked Google, Apple, or Amazon, but what about Wal-Mart? (Huh?) Or PG&E (a utility, for crying out loud)? Surely there must be some mistake! Or... Read more
0 comments Posted 3 Mar 2011 by Gary Hamel Feed

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