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Numbers Don't Lie: Patent Trolls Are A Plague

Simon Phipps | InfoWorld | October 19, 2012

Recent research supports view that patent troll activity is rising -- costing America a fortune in wasted legal fees and lost jobs Read More »

On A Mission To Make Linux As Accessible As Possible

This article details the circumstances behind my switch away from proprietary operating systems and my switch to Linux. Like many, I switched out of frustration with other operating systems and not directly because of Linux's open source model. I developed my passion for that after the switch was made. It was August 18, 2011. I had just completed the umpteenth restoration from factory of Windows 7 on my HP laptop. I had just installed the open source screen reader I was using at the time, NVDA, as well as some of the applications I used on a daily basis, such as the Mush-Z MUSHClient...

Software Freedom Conservancy And Free Software Foundation Announce Copyleft.Org

Press Release | copyleft.org, Free Software Foundation, Software Freedom Conservancy | November 7, 2014

This new site will not only provide a venue for those who constantly update and improve the Comprehensive Tutorial, but is also now home to a collaborative community to share and improve information about copyleft licenses, especially the GNU General Public License (GPL), and best compliance practices...

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Stop Patent Mischief By Curbing Patent Enforcement

Simon Phipps | InfoWorld | November 9, 2012

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Software patents are evil. They allow the work of innovators to be ambushed and raise the cost of technology innovation. But finding a viable solution to the software patent mess isn't easy. Read More »

Success Of GNU Health Goes Beyond Free Software

Jen Wike | opensource.com | March 12, 2013

In 2006, Luis Falcón founded GNU Health, a free health information system that recently recieved the "Best Project of Social Benefit" award given by the Free Software Foundation. Read More »

That's Not Science: The FSF's Analysis of GPL Usage

Matthew Aslett | The 451 Group | March 5, 2012

The Free Software Foundation has responded to our analysis of figures that indicate that the proportion of open source projects using the GPL is in decline. Specifically, FSF executive director John Sullivan gave a presentation at FOSDEM which asked “Is copyleft being framed”. You can find his slides here, a write-up about the presentation here, and Slashdot discussion here. Read More »

Top 10 FOSS Legal Developments of 2014

The year 2014 continued the trend of the increasing importance of legal issues for the FOSS community. Continuing the tradition of looking back over the top ten legal developments in FOSS, my selection of the top ten issues for 2014 is as follows...

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Top 10 Open Source Legal Developments in 2015

In 2015 there were a variety of legal issues of importance to the FOSS (free and open source) community. Continuing the tradition of looking back over the top ten legal developments in FOSS, my selection of the top ten issues for 2015 is as follows:

  1. Settlement of Versata cases interpreting General Public License version 2 (GPLv2)
  2. First decision interpreting General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  3. Linux programmer sues VMware for violation of GPLv2 for Linux
  4. Community GPL compliance
  5. European Commission antitrust investigation of Google and its Android operating System (Android OS)...

Übertroll Firm Bags DRM Patent For 3D Printing

Iain Thomson | The Register | October 12, 2012

A division of Intellectual Ventures, the IP-holding company founded by Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft's former CTO, has been granted a patent on a system for introducing digital rights management (DRM) controls to 3D printing. Read More »