Defensive patent publications establish the existence of prior art in any field

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It bothers many of us everytime we hear about yet another non-obvious, overreaching, and abusive patent—particularly a software patent that is...Read more

Younger developers reject licensing, risk chance for reform

Modern copyright law grants copyright automatically to any creative work, including simple things like blog posts – and small pieces of code on...Read more

Which open source software license should I use?

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...Read more

Making commercial open source software

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I recently blogged about making open source software , and the high level steps for how to think about the process. We started with the need for...Read more

Top 10 FOSS issues of 2012

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The year 2012 had many important FOSS legal developments which reflects the continued increase in FOSS use. FOSS projects have increased from 600,000...Read more

Abolishing patents: Too soon or too late?

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"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...Read more

FOSS takes precedence in Italy

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At the end of August I wrote a short post about an important reform that modified the rules for software adoption within the Italian public...Read more

Software patents: The talk of 2012

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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...Read more