Tim Berners-Lee

Why the patent system doesn't play well with software: If Eolas went the other way

Why the patent system doesn't play well with software: If Eolas went the other

Everyone take a deep breath: it seems we've had a moment of sanity in the patent wars. Last week, a jury invalidated the dangerous Eolas patents, which their owner claimed covered, well, essentially the whole Internet. The patents were originally granted for an invention that helped doctors to view images of embryos over the early web. A few years later, smelling quick cash, their owner insisted that it had a veto right on any mechanism used to embed an object in a web document. Really? The patents are obvious—both now in 2012 and back in 1994, when the first one was filed. Thankfully, a jury realized that and did what should have happened years ago: it invalidated these dangerous patents. » Read more

9 Comments

WWW2010: How a big-deal conference does open content

Last week, Internet luminaries from around the globe descended upon Raleigh, NC for the WWW2010 conference.  The theme for 2010 was openness, and that (along with its proximity to Red Hat HQ) made this year's events particularly exciting.

The conference, held annually, is sponsored by the International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee and intends to bring together business interests, educators, technology experts, and users to discuss and debate the growth and future of the Internet --including its advancing bodies of standards, practices, and technologies. » Read more

0 Comments