In the licensing section, the FSF has updated its license recomendation guide.
The biggest item in the Free Software business is the update on the Microsoft interoperability trial in front of the European General Court. Then there is also the issue of Skype (after MS’ acquisition) will stop working with Asterisk.
As for software patents, there’s patent trolls Lodsys that’s suing Apple and Paul Allen who’s suing around everyone he can. Also on TechFlash an ex-MS employee writes a nice lenghtly post about why software patents being a distraction.
In the EU the European Commission publishes its “blueprints” for changing and unifying patents, copyright etc. Incidentially there was also a G8 meeting in France and there were talks between the G8 and the biggest few Internet players talking about the future of the Internet. Both were being criticised for sacrificing too much digital rights. Also the EU cookie directive adoption was due.
The US Department of Defence has published a guide about Free Software policy. Also across Europe there has been some nice improvements in that field.
There’s big things regarding ODF going on, so be sure to read it in the open standards section. Although Google adds its open image format WebP to its Picasa, Mozilla rejects it.
And be sure to check out the Docracy project amongst other interesting links!
Free Software Licensing
FSF publishes a new license recomendation guide, which includes Apache 2.0 as the prefered permissive non-protective license.
- GNU: _How to choose a license for your own work_
- FSF: _Announcing our license recommendations guide_
Free Software Business
The legendary European Commission vs. Microsoft interoperability case has just had yet another hearing. Again with FSFE and Samba were on EC’s side. It is very likely that by the end of the year we will see the European General Court decide in favour of interoperabily and condemn Microsoft.
- FSFE: _Microsoft case: FSFE in European Court of Justice hearing_
- FSFE: _FSFE in Samba case: Microsoft’s defiance backfired_
- Karsten on Free Software: _Samba case hearing: How Microsoft’s gamble backfired_
- Netzpolitiki.org: _Microsoft vs EU: Zu hoch gepokert_
- Financial Times: _Microsoft in ‘final’ antitrust fray with Brussels_
Amongst first issues after Skype got bought by Microsoft, Skype for the popular VoIP solution Asterisk will not be available anymore.
- Digium: _Skype for Asterisk will not be available for sale or activation after July 26, 2011._
- the Inquirer: _Skype severs its ties with Asterisk_
Copyright and Other Legal Act Reforms
The European Commission shows its plans for a EU-wide reform and unification of trademarks, patents, copyright and enforcement — “A Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights”. European Commissioner Michael Barnier posted a collection of related material alongside with the EC’s proposal. La Quadrature du Net criticizes its possible lessening of digital rights. This is something we’ll have to look at harder.
- Michel Barnier, EC: _Boosting Creativity and Innovation: Commission Sets Out a Blueprint for Intellectual Property Rights_
- La Quadrature du Net: _EU Commission Sticks to Flawed Copyright Repression_
- EurActiv: _EU asks mediator to untangle copying levies_
- EDRi: _Press Release On EU IPR Strategy_
- Music 4.5: _The European perspective on the Hargreaves Report_
- Europa RAPID: _Orphan works – Frequently asked questions_
- Europa RAPID: _Commission sets out “blueprint” for Intellectual Property Rights to boost creativity and innovation_
- IPtegrity.com: _Red alert! Europe’s IPR Blueprint threatens Internet surveillance_
- the Inquirer: _EU wants to turn ISPs into copyright cops_ At the e-G8 Forum at the G8 the most powerful eight governments sat down behind closed doors with some of the most powerful companies on the Internet (and only those!) and discussed the future of the global Internet. In general they agreed that the internet should not be censored, that there should be more optical fibers, governments should provide open data etc. But as always the devil is in the details and as many have later commented, it seems that all conclusions are not that rosy. Especially worth concern are that some (with French president, Nicolas Sarkozy at their front) see the Internet as the wild West that needs taming with superinjunctions etc.
- G20-G8 2011 France: _G8 Declaration: Renewed Commitment for Freedom and Democracy_
- TechDirt: _Sarkozy’s Attempt To Woo The Digerati Foreshadows The Coming Conflict Between Technology & Regulations_
- La Quadrature du Net: _Civil Society Statement to the e-G8 and G8_
- La Quadrature du Net: _G8 Leaders Give In to Special Interests, Fail to Commit to Freedoms_
- Jillian C. York: _The e-G8: Promises and Problems_
- FT Blogs: _Secret G8 memo reveals outbreak of internet harmony_
- Neelie Kroes, EC: _The World’s Most Powerful Join the Digital Revolution_
- paidContent.org: _UK PM To Resist French Internet Regulation Plans_
- the Guardian: _Only a fool or Nicolas Sarkozy would go to war with Facebook_
- TechDirt: _Can We Kill Off This Myth That The Internet Is A Wild West That Needs To Be Tamed_
- Ars Technica: _Copyfight: EFF co-founder enters e-G8 “lion’s den,” rips into lions_
- G8 vs. Internet
- Ars Technica: _G8 summit: laws apply on Internet just like “everywhere else”_
- Ars Technica: _France attempts to “civilize” the Internet; Internet fights back_
The EU member countries should have adopted the EU cookie directive by 25th of May. Most haven’t.
- Open Rights Group: _Ed Vaizey says cookie directive is in effect meaningless_
- the Register: _Almost entire EU now violating Brussels cookie privacy law_
A new ACTA text and the EU Commission urges for it to be signed, while the European Parliament remains sceptical.
- ACTA Blog: _FFII calls upon European Parliament to resolve uncertainties regarding ACTA_
- ACTA Blog: _New version of the ACTA text_
- IPtegrity.com: _ EU Commission says sign ACTA - Parliament not so sure_
Government and Free Software Policies
The US Department of Defence has published a guide regarding its experience with policy and adoption of Free Software. The 451 Group has a nice short analysis of it.
- Guide [PDF]: _EU Commission says sign ACTA - Parliament not so sure_
- 451 CAOS Theory: _Need open source policy? Ask the DoD._
OASIS OpenDocument TC successfully defined how to store and exchange recalculated formulas in office documents.
- David A. Wheeler: _OpenFormula Success!_ The Document Foundation — the foundation leading LibreOffice (the community fork of OpenOffice.org) — has published an update on its organisation and plans. Amonsgst others, the members of the Engeneering Steering Committee.
- the Document Foundation Blog: _Updates On The Foundation_ Ars Technica: _Mozilla rejects WebP image format, Google adds it to Picasa_
Other interesting links
Docracy — a Free Software project (and website) where users can share and sign legal documents is emerging. This could prove very handy indeed!
- TechCrunch: _Hackathon Winner Docracy Is A GitHub For Legal Documents_
- Docracy: _Hackathon Winner Docracy Is A GitHub For Legal Documents_ TechDirt: _Please Help Us Figure Out How Much The Public Has ‘Lost’ Due To Overprotective Anti-Copy Laws_
Glyn Moody takes a look on ICC’s Building a Digital Economy report.
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