News Category: Open Source Practices

Copyright Control

Article Source Linux JournalOctober 5, 2009, 3:49 pm Copyright law is "interesting" to say the least — and incredibly contentious. For some, it is an evil that stifles progress. For others, it is all that stands between them and bankruptcy. As with anything, the nature of copyright is not...
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Flip Flops Are Evil

Article Source Linux JournalSeptember 25, 2009, 9:00 pm It's always interesting, as well as incredibly frustrating, when a company takes a stand on an issue and then switches back and forth based on what best suits it on any particular day. There's a word for taking a stand against something...
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Accelerating Enterprise Adoption of Open Source. London, 05/10/09

Article Source FOSSBazaarSeptember 25, 2009, 3:44 pm Whilst an increasing number of people and organisations are now able to position F/OSS within the context of the traditional IT organisation and wider enterprise, there are still a great many for whom questions remain unanswered. Where the...
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Big GPL Copyright Enforcement Win in Paris Court of Appeals

Article Source Ars TechnicaSeptember 24, 2009, 12:01 pm The Free Software Foundation France (FSF France) is jubilant about a recent court ruling that has affirmed the validity of the open source GNU General Public License (GPL) under French copyright law. This successful GPL enforcement...
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CFP: Business of Open Source mini-conf at LCA 2010 in New Zealand

Article Source FOSSBazaarSeptember 18, 2009, 5:23 am Like last year, we're organizing a "Business of Open Source" mini-conf at LCA 2010 (Wellington, New Zealand; January 18-23). This mini-conf is for people interested in business aspects of open source. Topics of interest include licensing...
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GPLv2 Falls from Majority Share

Article Source FOSSBazaarSeptember 17, 2009, 6:31 am I noticed in the first week of August, the GPL version 2 open source license dropped below the 50% share mark for the first time since we started tracking this data in 2007. Up until this point, a majority of open source projects were using...
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FOSSBazaar Track at Open World Forum

Article Source FOSSBazaarSeptember 15, 2009, 9:03 am FOSSBazaar will host a track at Open World Forum (Paris; October 1/2) about the governance of open source. We will have number of interesting talks: Martin von Willebrand will talk about Validos, Luc Grateau and Guillaume Rousseau will...
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IBM Claims Patents Promote Open-Source Love

Article Source The RegisterSeptember 10, 2009, 5:16 pm Open source and software patents are generally regarded as two things that go together like peanut butter and a punch to the face*. Open-source advocates talk of vague, badly written US patents lurking in the system, waiting only to pounce...
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Why Did Microsoft Sell Off 22 ‘Linux-Related` Patents?

Article Source eWeekSeptember 8, 2009, 3:02 pm What was Microsoft's motive in selling off 22 patents purportedly relating to Linux? The Open Invention Network Sept. 8 confirmed its acquisition of 22 patents formerly held by Microsoft that it described as "Linux-focused." OIN acquired the...
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SCO Group Gets Key Ruling in Appeals Court

The long six-year legal saga of The SCO Group Inc. was recharged a bit last week when an appeals court overturned four critical August 2007 rulings that had seemingly put the brakes on the company's legal case against Novell Inc. Back then, a U.S. District Court in Utah ruled that Novell actually...
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