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Jacobsen and FOSS Community Win Big in Jacobsen v. Katzer Settlement

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lawandlifesiliconvalley.com/blog: As expected, the Jacobsen case has now settled. The settlement was a complete victory for Jacobsen and is great news for the FOSS community. The Jacobsen case was very significant for the FOSS community because it was the first case in the US about the enforcement of open source software licenses.

Web code is already open - why not make it free as well

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Oh dear. After the debacle with Microsoft Poland’s apparent racist photoshopping, Microsoft China went and got the company in hot water for allegedly “stealing” code. Yes you read that right: Microsoft and wholesale “theft” of code from another website. Of course it’s not “theft” it’s copyright infringement but tomayto/tomarto.

The Microsoft-Linux Story As Told in the Comes Exhibits

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groklaw.net: As we are working on the data in the Comes v. Microsoft exhibits, describing the contents or transcribing each so as to make them keyword searchable, we are coming across some interesting materials regarding Microsoft's view of Linux. As far back as 1999, Bill Gates was asking his executives if there was a way to make things harder for Linux.

Italy class-action suit planned against Microsoft

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reuters.com: An Italian consumer group is planning a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft Corp seeking compensation for Windows software pre-installed on computers for people who did not want it.

Top Ten Open Source Legal Developments: 2009

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lawandlifesiliconvalley.com: As the use of free and open source software (“FOSS”) has become more ubiquitous, legal issues relating to FOSS have become more common and important. This year has seen a mix of new and old issues. Even more so than 2008.

Microsoft Loses Appeal Over Word Patent

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  • Microsoft barred from selling Word, has plan for workaround
  • New Moonlight Covenant has been posted

FTC Sues Intel for Anticompetitive Practices

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earthweb.com: U.S. regulatory authorities today filed a lawsuit against Intel, alleging a 10-year history of monopolistic behavior that saw the world's largest chipmaker use its dominant market power to crowd out cheaper, potentially superior alternatives.

Bruce Perens' Statement on Busybox Lawsuits

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perens.com/blog: I am the creator of the Busybox program which is currently subject to lawsuits brought by Mr. Erik Andersen and the Software Freedom Law Center, and which was subject to previous suits brought by SFLC, Mr. Andersen and Mr. Robert Landley.

SFLC hammers GPL violators

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  • SFLC hammers GPL violators
  • SFC and SFLC sues Samsung, Zyxel, Western Digital and others over GPL violations
  • Best Buy, Samsung, Westinghouse, And Eleven Other Brands Named In SFLC Lawsuit
  • GPL, might goes to the right
  • Freedom or Sponsors, Not Both?
  • If Proprietary Software is "Illegitimate", Why is the FSF Funded by It?
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