May 17, 2013

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. There is a lot of gray area in this space, though, ranging from copyleft protections to other strategies that project protectors can pursue.



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