It can be hard to get paid for producing free-licensed works. This has spurred a lot of innovative ideas for better incentive systems. Along the way, though, the most obvious and simple solution has mostly been overlooked.
exportlawblog.com: Last week an obviously confused reporter at internetnews.com reported that Mozilla had received a letter from BIS stating that downloads of its open-source encryption source code by Iranians was not a violation. But that’s not what happened.
fsf.org: Today the Free Software Foundation (FSF) filed an objection in court to the proposed Google Book Search settlement (The Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc.). The objection urges the court to reject the proposed settlement unless it incorporates terms that better address the needs of authors using free licenses.
informationweek.com: A manufacturer of Linux-based networking devices has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Microsoft in order to settle a patent claim, Microsoft disclosed Wednesday.
eweekeurope.co.uk: Linux vendor Red Hat, and 17 other vendors, have protested a Swiss government contract given to Microsoft without any public bidding.
blogs.zdnet.com: A new Law.Com analysis indicates Cisco may be in big legal trouble over the FSF lawsuit alleging it misused open source code in its hardware. Until you learn the rest of the story.
- TomTom, Microsoft settle: Who caved?
- Microsoft, TomTom settle, issues do not
- TomTom and Microsoft Settle Suits (and Countersuits): Is it Over?
- TomTom Surrenders, Pays Microsoft Licensing Fees For Linux
- TomTom & Microsoft Settle "in a way that ensures TomTom’s full compliance with its obligations under the GPLv2"
- Bad News: Microsoft Gets its Way with TomTom
- "They Started It!" -- TomTom Countersues Microsoft
- TomTom sues Microsoft on patent infringement
- TomTom chooses a moderate limited hang out route
- Strike/Counterstrike: TomTom Sues Microsoft
- TomTom fights back, but not over Linux
businessinsider.com: This is exactly what we were afraid of. Last month, when Microsoft sued Dutch GPS-maker TomTom on the principle that parts of Linux -- which form the guts of TomTom's device -- violate Microsoft's patents, we hoped for a quick settlement.
blogs.the451group: I’ve been talking to device manufacturers and the Linux-centered software providers and I can definitively report that I am not hearing or sensing any fear, uncertainty or doubt (FUD) as a result of Microsoft’s TomTom patent suit.
itwire.com: A couple of months back, at Australia's national Linux conference, a young Microsoft employee sat down with me and discussed ways in which Microsoft has contributed to open source.
blogs.zdnet.com: Microsoft owns FAT32, but it didn’t appear to pursue its rights. Until the TomTom case. At which point Jeremy Allison of Samba says Microsoft had secret cross-licensing deals with all those other guys which violate the GPL. So who should Software Freedom sue?
informationweek.com: A small software company on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against open source distributor Red Hat and several vendors that sell Red Hat products, claiming that Red Hat's JBoss middleware violates one of its patents.
blogs.zdnet.com: Cars. Microsoft sees cars as the next frontier for computing. If GPS can remain proprietary open source will lack the enabling technology with which to get into the game.
esr.ibiblio.org: I’ve been doing some research on the issues in Microsoft’s lawsuit against Tom-Tom. Here’s what I’ve found about the patents are at issue in the case: