copyleft

The open source license you choose for your project, or for the projects you choose to contribute to, can have significant effects on how what you contribute is used. One question that has garnered quite a bit of interest recently is the fall in popularity of copyleft licenses in favor of... Read more
8 comments Posted 28 Jan 2014 by Marcus D. Hanwell Feed
patent reform
During the August Congressional recess, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its long-awaited study on Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), required under the America Invents Act (AIA). The report paints a rather grim picture of the current patent system. It reinforces the call by key... Read more
5 comments Posted 9 Sep 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
open source licensing
Free software licenses can be divided into two broad categories: copyleft licenses (like the GPL), which require derivatives of the software to be licensed under the same terms; and permissive licenses (like the MIT/X11 license), which allow the software to be reused in any project, even closed-... Read more
8 comments Posted 8 Aug 2013 by Nicolas Suzor Feed
licensing intellectual property
Copyright, copyleft, or copy none? The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is concerned that some open source software developers are not choosing a license for their work, so they want to educate software developers and anyone else working on open source projects that simply not choosing a license is not... Read more
5 comments Posted 2 May 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
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
copyright in the dark
Modern copyright law grants copyright automatically to any creative work, including simple things like blog posts – and small pieces of code on github. This default copyright creates an assumption that for someone to do anything further with someone else's creative work requires permission from the... Read more
10 comments Posted 12 Feb 2013 by Luis Villa Feed
MPL GPL APACHE
I’ve recently been involved in several discussions that are variations on, "Which open source or free software license should I choose for my project?" Here is my way of looking at the large and growing collection of licenses in the wild. First, let's make sure we all understand that I Am Not A... Read more
8 comments Posted 29 Jan 2013 by Stephen R. Walli Feed
patent stop sign
"Patents are here to stay." This is the sort of statement that makes me uneasy. I guess in the 17th century the common wisdom was "slavery is here to stay." In the 18th century giving voting rights to women seemed absurd and foreseeing open borders between France and German was crazy talk in 1945.... Read more
42 comments Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Carlo Piana Feed
Open law year in review
Looking back over the law channel posts of 2012, I was not surprised to see that software patents were a major concern. The high volume of significant patent lawsuits of competitors and rising levels of NPE (aka patent trolls or patent assertion entities) suits has been the subject of both open... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Dec 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
open hardware
When talking about open source, many people's first thought is the GNU General Public License (GPL). While the software world has been revolutionised by GPL, the hardware world has seen little change. 
6 comments Posted 20 Dec 2012 by Alvin Chang Feed

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