Emergency ignored: Current status of the Patent Reform Act

Congress has been considering some form of patent reform for several years now, beginning with the Patent Reform Act of 2005. Once again, patent...Read more

Open source procurement: Copyrights

Free and open source software
As I wrote previously concerning indemnity , I constantly encounter both governments and companies claiming they have policies permitting or even...Read more

Open source procurement: Indemnity

All over the world, I encounter both governments and companies claiming they have a policy permitting or even favouring open source software--indeed...Read more

A possible game changer for invalidating bad software patents

A case now before the Supreme Court could lower the threat level created by bad patents in a meaningful way. The issue before the Court is whether to...Read more

OSI And FSF in unprecedented collaboration to protect software freedom

Faced with a potentially large threat to free/libre and open source software from patent consortium CPTN, the two organisations have collaborated...Read more

Open standards and the royalty problem

In December, the long awaited version 2.0 of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) was released by the European Commission. Version 1.0 had...Read more

Nollywood and the copyright conundrum

Over the holidays I thought a bit about the copyright conundrum. Is copyright a vital source of creativity, or more of a hindrance? Most of us assume...Read more

A hazy shade of value: Software patents just took a hit

Much of the problem with the current U.S. patent system involves haze. Whether it is ambiguity regarding what the patent covers or murkiness about...Read more