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August 1, 2011 by

Update: As the Microsoft patent world turns

At the very end of last week, there were a couple of Microsoft-related IP news nuggets worth noting, including the finalization of the Nortel patent sale; a damages award in the Alcatel-Lucent vs. Microsoft IP case; and Google's purchase of 1,000 IBM patents.

August 10, 2010 by

SPDX format is key to success or failure of Linux Foundation's Open Compliance Program

Add the Linux Foundation to the numerous list of organizations and companies founded to protect Linux users and developers from legal risk.At the opening of the annual LinuxCon 2010 here today in Boston, the San Francisco-based foundation, which sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Tovalds, announced a new open compliance program with the support of heavy hitters including Google, Adobe, Cisco, Novell, AMD, ARM, HP, IBM, Intel, Sony, Nokia and Motorola.

July 1, 2010 by

FOSS vs. open source as an American debate

Open source, in contrast to FOSS, accepts the idea that people might build proprietary extensions to open source programs, and that the obligation seen by Stallman, what I sometimes call the Fourth Freedom of open source, need not apply.


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