A new week and we’re back on track.
Yet again, I would like to thank Natalia for the great help with gathering of these articles and links.
Amongst the things I would like to point out for you this week is an interesting find by the 451 Group that lately many companies are omitting “open source” as the term to describe their business (see Free Software Business section). Why this is so they might (try to) explain in the near future.
As there really seems not a week can pass without software patent disputes, I would like you to check out the newest happenings in the Oracle vs. Google case and who won the bid of Nortel’s massive patent portfolio (both in Software Patents section). While you’re at it, I would warmly suggest that you also read Bessen’s Generation of Software Patents.
ACTA and it’s successor TPPA were also present this week as you can see below in the Copyright and Other Legal Act Reforms section.
If you’ve ever wondered how the law in another country handles Free Software and related issues, look no further. The great experts who are doing the IFOSSLR journal, have written (and are continuing to write!) the IFOSSLB book — this should be a handy reference to anyone who has to do with legal aspects of Free Software (Free Software Licensing section).
Free Software Licensing
As you probably have already known, the same people who thought of the IFOSSLR have also published the IFOSSLB — an e-book that gives a clear yet thorough analysis of Free Software legal matters by different legal systems, written and maintained by local experts, and by inviting everyone to assist in improving or expanding the content.
- Groklaw: _An Update on the IFOSS Law Review and Announcing the IFOSS Law Book_
- The International Free and Open Source Software Law Book: _An Update on the IFOSS Law Review and Announcing the IFOSS Law Book_
Free Software Business
Interesting post about how in the past year many companies have stopped using the term “open source” to identify themselves with it.
Rumour has it a first serious Android-based OS is getting started in China.
Interesting balanced compilation of literature on software patents.
- Groklaw: _James Bessen’s Latest Paper on Software Patents_
- James Bessen: _Generation of Software Patents_
Groklaw reports more information on the Oracle vs. Google patent case re Java-like code in Android. In short, the number of patent claims has been narrowed down, as well as (a lower) cap on damages is being negotiated. Glyn Moody analyses these recent events with the help of the above-mentioned Bessen’s paper.
- Groklaw: _Oracle v. Google_
- the Inquirer: _Oracle accepts a $2.6bn cap on damages from Google over Android_
- Groklaw: _Oracle v. Google - Oracle’s Response to the Daubert Motion_
- Computer world UK, Glyn Moody’s blog: _The Failed Experiment of Software Patents_
The bid for Nortel’s vast patent portfolio (including new wireless technology) has been won by a group consisting of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM and Sony. Reuters offers a nice review of how the bidding went. A joint hearing of U.S. and Canadian courts will be held on 11th of July which will either approve or disapprove the winning bid.
- Reuters: _DEALTALK-Google bid ‘pi’ for Nortel patents and lost_
- NetworkWorld: _Nortel’s patents more valuable than its products_
- the Inquirer: _Apple, Microsoft consortium wins Nortel patents_
- AllThingsD: _Nortel Patents Go to Group That Includes Apple, Microsoft, RIM and More_
- The Register: _Google left out of $4.5bn Nortel patent deal_
In the messy patent battle between Apple and Samsung, Samsung decides to drop one of its countersuits
- Ars Technica: _Samsung drops (one) Apple patent countersuit_
- The Inquirer: _Samsung drops requests for Apple Iphone 5 and Ipad 3_
Government and Free Software Policies
After quite some FUD lately, it’s refreshing to hear again positive press about its endavour. I’m quite confident you already know this, but just in case it bares repeating, that Munich is not just switching to Free Software and Open Standards, but at the same time cleaning its basement of all unneeded cruft, legacy solutions, updating the infrastructure and unifying it. Now, that’s a lot to chew on, and from what I hear, they’re doing just fine.
- OSOR: _DE: Munich’s move to a vendor independent desktop “on track”_
- Muktware: _Munich To Migrate 15,000 PCs To Ubuntu_
Copyright and Other Legal Act Reforms
Other interesting links
After Wolfram with its Alpha and now the Chinese Baidu search engine is partnering up with Microsoft’s Bing.
In the latest edition of EDRi-gram, there’s interesting things evolving in the Scandinavian region: on one hand the Netherlands have become the first EU country to launch net neutrality, on the other though it is reported that anonymous internet usage may not be possible anymore in Denmark. Amongst other news there’s a new draft law for data retention in Romania and the EU-US PNR agreement has been found incompatible with human rights
hook out → first week as FSFE Legal Coordinator :]