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Weeks after US privacy groups called on Microsoft to disclose law enforcement requests to Skype, amid controversy over China surveillance and snooping, the software giant did. While China appears low in the table, the devil is in the details.
Europe's antitrust chief has said Microsoft will "comply" with regulators' demands even if the software giant is handed heavy fines for (apparently) inadvertently flouting EU law.
The New Zealand Government has moved ahead with plans to ban patents on software, but an exemption to the ban has left open-source developers outraged.
In a new Australian Federal Court case between Micro Focus and NSW Police, the law-enforcement agency has hinted that the software it was accused of pirating doesn't belong to the vendor.
The software giant has co-developed a 'Domain Awareness System' alongside New York law enforcement and counterterrorism authorities, and intends to sell it to cities around the world
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Software used internally should still be protected even if there's less risk, and companies should know limitations of copyright law and create holistic regime to safeguard intellectual property, say observers.
Is there a killer in the software code running millions of medical devices? GNOME Executive Director Karen Sandler, formerly of the Software Freedom Law Center, has been fighting to get this software opened up for inspection and review since she received her own implanted defibrillator in 2008. The FDA and Supreme Court have been no help. She recently shared her journey at OSCON 2011.
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Proposed new patent-reform law may merely speed up tangled system; one observer suggests doing away with software patents altogether.
Eva Chen is a 20-year veteran of the security industry, having established the now Taipei-based antivirus giant in 1988 with her sister and brother-in-law while in Los Angeles. At the time, Chen kept herself afloat as a sports journalist. She's also been a software developer and has published science fiction books.
With plagiarism detection software under UK law, either students can hand over their intellectual property rights and potentially succeed, or refuse... and have their assignments forced through anyway. Fair or unfair?
Once you understand that all software is a house of cards, subject to Moore's Law of Software Degradation, the need for open source becomes clear.
Software which identified unauthorised music uploaders broke data protection law, a Swiss court has found.Logistep's File Sharing Monitor software represented too much of an intrusion into the privacy of affected people, when balanced against the interests of copyright holders, the court found.
The US Supreme Court's recent Bilski decison set back patent reform by at least a decade, one top Linux defender said.At LinuxCon, Software Freedom Law Center chairman Eben Moglen said the late June decision -- which extended to one business process the same patent protections that traditionally covered machines -- will keep trollers in business and open source companies on guard.
A High Court judge has ruled that copyright law does not prevent the copying of programming languages, interfaces or program functions, but has asked the European Court of Justice to back him up on the matter.On Friday, the Hon Mr Justice Arnold made his rulings in the case of the SAS Institute versus World Programming Limited (WPL), a small company that had created an emulator of the SAS System prompting a suit from the analytical software giant.
Free software leaves us free to create more knowledge, to spread the benefits of Moore's Law to more people at lower price points. It has been a lever on knowledge and the capability of the human mind the likes of which we have never seen before.
The country's commerce minister has said he will not amend a Patents Bill, which will make software 'unpatentable'
Changes to law and software bring hope for brand owners fighting forgers
A law firm that filed a $2.2 billion software piracy suit against the Chinese government last week comes under cyber attack this week.
Frugal Networker Ken Hess and I discuss his love of Corvettes, the Software Freedom Law Center Busybox GPLv2 litigation, Apple's Worldwide Loyalty Team, the recent FaceBook privacy concerns and talk with Bob Barry, Director of Global Business Development for Astak/Team Research, which distributes the EZReader eBook device.Click Here to listen to the December 18, 2009 Frugal Friday podcast.
Fourteen consumer electronics companies have been named in a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed by the Software Freedom Law Center
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