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Is Patenting Open Source Software The New Normal?

In an interesting new Outercurve Foundation blog post from Penn State professor Clark Asay, he discusses "the tactic of patenting open source software to guard against patent trolls and the weaponization of corporate patent portfolios...gaining momentum in the FOSS community." Depending on who you talk to, the practice of patenting open source creations is either poison or an obvious requirement in a competitive world. 

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How Four Open Source Usage Models Impact Compliance

Before I jump into my topic, here is some background for those new to open source licenses. Open source licenses, like any license, grant the licensee certain rights that are usually reserved by and for the copyright holder (the author of the open source software (OSS) code), and spell out conditions that must be met by the licensee. You may use the OSS according to the grants given, so long as you comply with the requirements of the license. 

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Blender Dives Into 3D Printing Industry (Libre Graphics World)

Libre Graphics World looks at the use of Blender in 3D printing; the recent 2.67 release includes a "3D printing toolbox." "While Blender cannot help with making actual devices easier to use, it definitely could improve designing printable objects. And that's exactly what happened last week, when Blender 2.67 was...

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50 million Apache OpenOffice Downloads in a Year

The Apache Software Foundation has announced that, just a little more than a year after their first release of OpenOffice, the open source productivity suite has been downloaded 50 million times...

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The Last GNOME 3.8 Point Release Has Been Made

GNOME 3.8.2 was released this morning and it serves as the last bug-fix release in the GNOME 3.8 series. All work now is being focused on GNOME 3.10...

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