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Defense Contractor Heeds Microsoft's Patent War Cry

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linuxinsider.com: Defense contractor General Dynamics Itronix has agreed to pay Microsoft licensing fees in order to avoid possible trouble over the contractor's use of Android in some of its products.

Monetary Damages for FOSS License Non-Compliance:

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olex.openlogic.com: In Jacobsen v. Katzer, the Federal Circuit held that open source licenses are indeed licenses and not merely contracts.1 This is an important decision due to the remedies available under the Copyright Act versus contract law. But what do monetary damages under U.S. copyright law look like?

Bad news for Microsoft is bad news for FOSS

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networkworld.com: Microsoft hasn't exactly been the best friend to FOSS, but it's hard to feel good about the company's $290 million loss to i4i. Why is this bad news for FOSS?

Yahoo! wins verdict in Bedrock patent trial

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itworld.com: You remember that lawsuit Google recently lost against patent portfolio company Bedrock Technologies, LLC in the United States District Court Eastern District of Texas?

Red Hat CEO hates patent trolls, but says sometimes you just have to pay up

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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.

The FTC weighs in on patent reform

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  • The FTC weighs in on patent reform
  • Does the DoJ Have FOSS' Back?
  • 1+1 (pat. pending) — Mathematics, Software and Free Speech
  • Linux Patent Winners and Losers

Legal Threats Against MPlayer, Server To Disappear

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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.

Microsoft Seeking personal unfair competition laws

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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.

M$ Sues Over Android/Linux

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mrpogson.com: M$ is suing folks for using Android/Linux to make a few dollars and to annoy people.

Lime Wire, music publishers settle copyright case

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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.

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