This (slightly prolonged) week was very interesting in the Software Patents department — apart from new happenings in the Lodsys and Nortel cases, there are more and more cries about (software) patent abolition being needed (even from less likely places).
Amongst other articles, I would recommend reading Georg Greve’s post on the “cloud” (Free Software Business) and Laurel Russwurm’s tale (Other interesting links).
Again, I would like to thank Natalia Evdokimova for her help with preparing the links.
Free Software Licensing
OSOR published a compatibility matrix for the EUPL license. Still not all agree with it.
Free Software Business
Mozilla starts development of a mobile OS. Also Mozilla calls for enterprises to cooperate in its recently (re)established Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group
- ArsTechnica: _Mozilla eyes mobile OS landscape with new Boot to Gecko project_
- The Inquirer: _Mozilla is developing a mobile operating system_
- H-online: _Mozilla’s next Firefox moment?_
- The Mozilla Blog: _Announcing Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group_
A brilliant (also in its shortness) post about how to have a Free as in Freedom “Cloud”.
Groklaw (as always) continues its great coverage on the Nortel patent case. Interestingly though, Google seems to buy patents for protection nonetheless. Carlo Piana uses that case to show a more broader picture of what is wrong with patents in general and how they are used.
- Carlo Piana’s blog: _Nortel, Google and the value of patents_
- Groklaw: _We Can Stop Wondering Now_
- Cnet: _Report: Nortel portfolio buyers facing DOJ scrutiny_
- Techcrunch: _Google On The Nortel Loss, Patents As Government-Granted Monopolies, And Plates Of Spaghetti_
- The Inquirer: _Patents are stifling innovation, says Google_
- Bloomberg: _Google Buys Inventions From IBM as It Aims to Build Patent Hoard_
Groklaw offers more background on Lodsys case.
- Groklaw: _Lodsys - Piling It On, A Possible Reason_
- Groklaw: _Lodsys - Piling It On, But To What Purpose_
Government and Free Software Policies
Copyright and Other Legal Act Reforms
Other interesting links
A sad tale of how it is normal that even someone who has substantially contributed to the work, cannot access it.
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