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Red Hat joins push against software patents

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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.

Artists should be paid, Part 3: The Big Picture

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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:

Sony takes legal action against PS3 hackers

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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.

I Figured Out What to Explain to You Next: Bylaws

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  • So. What Now?
  • Dear PJ: Please Don't Quit Groklaw
  • I Figured Out What to Explain to You Next: Bylaws -- And a Word to the OpenSUSE Guys

Red Hat to pay $20 million

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  • Red Hat to pay $20 million to settle lawsuit
  • Red Hat’s New Strategies For Enterprise And SMB

Red Hat’s Secret Patent Deal

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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?

Playing DVDs in GNU/Linux

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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.

Oracle copying SCO playbook for Google fight

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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.

Red Hat settles patent case with Acacia - shares few details

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blog.internetnews.com: Red Hat has settled an alleged patent infringement case with IP firm Acacia Research Corporation around U.S. Patent #6,163,776. That particular case was pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Civil Action No: 6:09-cv-00097-LED.

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