Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
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.
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:
h-online.com: On their web sites, George Hotz, who became known for his iPhone and PS3 hacks, and the fail0verflow hacker group, have published three statements of complaint made by legal representatives of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) against Hotz and four alleged members of fail0verflow at the District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.
gigaom.com: When patent troll Acacia sued Red Hat in 2007, it ended with a bang: Acacia’s patents were invalidated by the court, and all software developers, open-source or not, had one less legal risk to cope with. So, why is the outcome of Red Hat’s next tangle with Acacia being kept secret?
pogson.6k.ca: We retain one XP machine here simply because it can play DVD videos. One can copy a DVD for personal use/backup so the encryption is not a matter of copyright but restriction on access and a means to extend copyright.
networkworld.com: The problem is that most of the people who are looking at the "line by line" example don't actually understand code. SCO did this, through the same legal team (Boies Schiller) with its claims that Linux had direct copied code from UnixWare.