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Creative Commons and Phase Out Sampling Licenses, Choose More Freedom

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A few years ago, I discovered a site called "" 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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Legal 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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Legal 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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Legal 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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  • 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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Legal 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.

Piracy bill could waylay FLOSS projects

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  • Piracy bill could waylay FLOSS projects
  • Open Source, Abundance and Open Innovation
  • Adobe Donating Flex to Open Source Foundation

Linux users threaten Microsoft with ACCC

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Legal Plans to enable a secure boot on Windows 8 machines have drawn the ire of Linux Australia's membership, and have the Linux Australia Council itself considering a campaign against Microsoft.

Court rules against Utah’s SCO over Unix copyrights

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Legal A federal appeals court has upheld a jury verdict and a lower court ruling in a trial that found Novell Inc. — not The SCO Group — owned the copyrights to the Unix computer software operating system before 1995.

Mosaid v. Red Hat - A new patent complaint aimed at Linux

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Legal MOSAID Technologies, Inc. filed a patent infringement complaint [PDF] against Red Hat, IBM, Adobe, Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks, NetApp and VMWare on August 10. The interesting thing about the complaint is that all of the defendants, except Red Hat, are sued under one patent, while Red Hat is the only defendant under the other patent.

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