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

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Linux
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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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Microsoft
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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.

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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SUSE
Legal
  • 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
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