News Category: Open Source Practices

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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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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