lawandlifesiliconvalley.com: This year, 2011, was one of the most active years in legal developments in FOSS. This activity reflects the increase in FOSS use: Laura Wurster of Gartner, noted in the Harvard Business Review blog that open source has hit a “strategic tipping point” this year.
- Hung jury in Novell v. Microsoft lawsuit
- Novell-Microsoft WordPerfect Lawsuit Ends In Mistrial
- Microsoft, Novell Negotiating WordPerfect Settlement?
gamasutra.com: A federal judge has dismissed all of the counts brought against Sony in a class action suit over the disabling of PlayStation 3's "Other OS" feature last year.
- Piracy bill could waylay FLOSS projects
- Open Source, Abundance and Open Innovation
- Adobe Donating Flex to Open Source Foundation
zdnet.com.au: Plans to enable a secure boot on Windows 8 machines have drawn the ire of Linux Australia's membership, and have the Linux Australia Council itself considering a campaign against Microsoft.
sltrib.com: A federal appeals court has upheld a jury verdict and a lower court ruling in a trial that found Novell Inc. — not The SCO Group — owned the copyrights to the Unix computer software operating system before 1995.
groklaw.net: MOSAID Technologies, Inc. filed a patent infringement complaint [PDF] against Red Hat, IBM, Adobe, Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks, NetApp and VMWare on August 10. The interesting thing about the complaint is that all of the defendants, except Red Hat, are sued under one patent, while Red Hat is the only defendant under the other patent.
courthousenews.com: Open-source software developers convinced a federal judge to impose sanctions on Westinghouse Digital LLC, which was found to have violated an injunction against using free programming code for commercial gain.
linuxinsider.com: Defense contractor General Dynamics Itronix has agreed to pay Microsoft licensing fees in order to avoid possible trouble over the contractor's use of Android in some of its products.
olex.openlogic.com: In Jacobsen v. Katzer, the Federal Circuit held that open source licenses are indeed licenses and not merely contracts.1 This is an important decision due to the remedies available under the Copyright Act versus contract law. But what do monetary damages under U.S. copyright law look like?
networkworld.com: Microsoft hasn't exactly been the best friend to FOSS, but it's hard to feel good about the company's $290 million loss to i4i. Why is this bad news for FOSS?
itworld.com: You remember that lawsuit Google recently lost against patent portfolio company Bedrock Technologies, LLC in the United States District Court Eastern District of Texas?
networkworld.com: With Red Hat on the verge of becoming the first billion-dollar company focused exclusively on open source software, it has attracted quite a bit of attention -- from lawyers waving patents.
- The FTC weighs in on patent reform
- Does the DoJ Have FOSS' Back?
- 1+1 (pat. pending) — Mathematics, Software and Free Speech
- Linux Patent Winners and Losers
phoronix.com: While legal threats to free software projects would be disastrous (if successful) to those seeking to destroy Linux and open-source work, there's sure been lots of in-fighting as of late that's proving to be quite damaging for many distinguished projects.
groklaw.net: Microsoft seems to be trying to get its own personal unfair competition laws passed state by state, so it can sue US companies who get parts from overseas companies who used pirated Microsoft software anywhere in their business.
mrpogson.com: M$ is suing folks for using Android/Linux to make a few dollars and to annoy people.
reuters.com: The operator of LimeWire, a once-popular file-sharing service shut down last year for copyright infringement, has settled a lawsuit brought by music publishers.
businesswire.com (PR): Red Hat, Inc. has continued its efforts to improve the U.S. patent system and to challenge poor quality software patents. Red Hat joined a large group of companies in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court which explained that the burden of proof applied to invalidate patents impedes innovation and should be changed.
Can artists actually make money on a free software driven free culture project? Having established the motivations and the basic principles in the first two parts, I’m going to look at the big picture here: