Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

FSF, other groups join EFF to sue NSA over unconstitutional surveillance

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Security
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fsf.org: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today joined eighteen other activist and advocacy organizations in challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance of telecommunications in the United States with a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

SCO Finally Shows its Legal Strategy Going Forward

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groklaw.net: SCO was ordered by the judge, the Hon. David Nuffer, to tell him what claims it believes survived SCO's massive loss to Novell, in order to go forward in SCO v. IBM, and it has now done so.

Ladies and Gentlemen, SCO v. IBM Is Officially Reopened

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groklaw.net: The Hon. David Nuffer has ruled on the SCO v. IBM motions, granting SCO's motion for reconsideration and reopening the case, which IBM did not object to. Judge Nuffer apologizes to the parties for the error in his previous order refusing to reopen the case.

Mark Shuttleworth takes SA government to court

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Ubuntu
Legal

mybroadband.co.za: Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth has taken the South African government to court to have the country’s exchange control system declared unconstitutional.

Opera quietly settles lawsuit

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Software
Legal

h-online.com: Opera's multi-million dollar lawsuit against a former employee who, it claimed, had leaked trade secrets to Mozilla has been settled. Details of the settlement are, however, confidential.

Microsoft accused of locking out Linux in EU antitrust complaint

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Linux
Microsoft
Legal

arstechnica.com: A Spanish group that represents open source software users has accused Microsoft of using an "obstruction mechanism" to prevent buyers of Windows 8 computers from installing Linux-based operating systems.

Also: Ultimate PC security requires UEFI

Python Settles Trademark Dispute

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Software
Legal

computerworlduk.com: The Python Software Foundation (PSF) have announced they have reached a settlement with POBox Hosting Ltd of the UK over their trademark application for the term 'Python' in connection with cloud hosting.

2012: Top Ten FOSS Legal Developments

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Legal

lawandlifesiliconvalley.com: The year 2012 had many important FOSS legal developments which reflects the continued increase in FOSS use. Continuing the tradition of looking back over top ten legal developments in FOSS my selection of the top ten issues for 2012 are as follows:

Red Hat feuds with Rising Tide Systems

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Linux
Legal

techeye.net: A row has erupted between two Linux distributors with one of them accusing the other of breaching the GPL.

Red Hat's Latest Legal Battle? Storage.

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Linux
Legal

datamation.com: Red Hat is the most successful pure play open source company on the planet, generating over $1 billion in revenue a year. Its success is rooted in a strong legal basis and understanding of how open source software works.

Microsoft inks patent deal with service provider using Linux servers

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Microsoft
Legal

zdnet.com: Microsoft's latest patent licensing deal isn't like its recent Android/Chrome OS arrangements. It is with a service provider running Linux boxes in its own datacenters.

BOOM! BOOM! Out Go The Lights on Oracle v Google

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OSS
Legal
  • BOOM! BOOM! Out Go The Lights on Oracle v Google
  • Ah! The Morning After...
  • Roundup: Oracle API Claims Defeated

Time runs out for timezone lawsuit

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Linux
Legal

itworld.com: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is touting a victory in a copyright lawsuit that had the potential to shut down the database that all Linux and UNIX-based platforms and many time-based applications use to keep track of the ever-changing global timezones.

Oracle Drags Microsoft, Red Hat Into Itanium Lawsuit Swamp

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Linux
Legal

wired.com: As Oracle and HP’s lawsuit over the doomed Itanium chip drags on like some Dickensian subplot, it’s time to introduce two new characters: Microsoft and Red Hat.

Creative Commons and FreeSound.org Phase Out Sampling Licenses, Choose More Freedom

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A few years ago, I discovered a site called "FreeSound.org" which sounded quite exciting, but turned out to be rather disappointing because the content was released under the Creative Commons "Sampling+" license, which is not a free license.

Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devices

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Microsoft
Legal

softwarefreedom.org: At the beginning of December, we warned the Copyright Office that operating system vendors would use UEFI secure boot anticompetitively, by colluding with hardware partners to exclude alternative operating systems.

Mosaid v. Red Hat - Before You File A Complaint, Learn The Law (And The Facts)

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groklaw.net: If you were a patent holder contemplating suing a bunch of companies for patent infringement, what's the first thing you would want to know? Do you think maybe it would be that you actually own the patent(s) you are asserting.

2011: Top Ten FOSS Legal Developments

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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

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Microsoft
SUSE
Legal
  • Hung jury in Novell v. Microsoft lawsuit
  • Novell-Microsoft WordPerfect Lawsuit Ends In Mistrial
  • Microsoft, Novell Negotiating WordPerfect Settlement?

Judge Dismisses PlayStation 3 'Other OS' Removal Class Action Suit

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Linux
Legal

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.

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