News Category: Open Source Practices

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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Collaboration of Customers as an Open Business Model

Article Source FOSSBazaarAugust 31, 2009, 3:45 am I'm currently managing and facilitating the Validos-collaboration – it's an open collaboration of companies for open source compliance. Validos does the basic validation of open source software packages and shares the results with every...
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Mozilla to EC: Microsoft Getting Off Too Easy

Article Source internetnews.com As a settlement looms in Microsoft's tââ¢te-ââ -tââ¢te with the European Commission (EC) over bundling Internet Explorer (IE) with Windows, one of the software giant's arch rivals has weighed in with a calculated blogging campaign. Mitchell Baker, chair of the...
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Microsoft, Open-Source Community Could Both Avoid Lawsuit Damage

Article Source eWeekAugust 15, 2009 When a U.S. District Court judge in Texas ruled that Microsoft had violated an XML-related patent held by i4i, a small Canadian company, the verdict seemed to potentially threaten both Microsoft and the open-source community. As part of the verdict, Microsoft...
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Judge Rebukes SCO, Blocks Sale, Appoints Bankruptcy Trustee

Article Source Ars TechnicaAugust 6, 2009, 8:05 am The SCO Group attempted to stave off liquidation in June by signing a last minute deal with Gulf Capital Partners and a tech firm called unXis. The terms of the agreement, which were finalized only moments before a court hearing, stipulated...
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Patent Reformer Becomes Troll, Sues Defunct OSS Company

Article Source Ars TechnicaJuly 29, 2009, 12:23 pm A small Web development and open source software company called CityWare was recently named alongside Google, Yahoo, Amazon and other software giants in a patent infringement lawsuit. What makes this unusual is that CityWare has no products...
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Pirate Party's Copyright Reform Cannon Could Sink Copyleft

Article Source Ars TechnicaJuly 27, 2009, 5:57 am Free Software Foundation (FSF) founder Richard Stallman published a statement last week expressing concern about the Swedish Pirate Party's copyright reform platform. The party's ambitious goals for copyright term reduction would blast holes...
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Open-Source Legal Education Comes to OSCON

Article Source The Open RoadJuly 17, 2009, 12:40 pm If you're an open-source developer, OSCON is the closest you'll come to Mecca, whatever your religious persuasion. But OSCON has been branching out in the past few years, and this year, for the first time, it includes a a one-day, free...
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