Free Software Licensing

OpenLogic found that 66 out of 635 mobile apps it scanned contained Apache or GPL/LGPL licensed code and debate arises (again) whether Free Software licenses are compatible with app markets. Personally I think it depends on how the market and the person/company who put the app on it handles Free Software. Again, personally, I feel that app markets in general and Free Software are not incompatible per se.

Simon Phipps evaluates just how open and free the governance of some of the free software project foundations and companies are (on a scale of -10 to 10). OpenJDK (-3) scores very low, LibreOffice (5) and Mozilla (6) are better, Eclipse (8) and GNOME (8) can already be pretty proud with their scores, but so far only the Apache Foundation scores a perfect 10. More such evaluations to come.

Bradley M. Kuhn: Does “Open Core” Actually Differ from Proprietary Relicensing?

My GNU Linux: Cloud Computing (SaaS) Licenses – Is AGPL the solution?

Bradley M. Kuhn: Thoughts On GPL Compliance of Red Hat's Linux Distribution

ZDnet: Microsoft to allow Eclipse, Mozilla licences for WP7 apps

Software Tech News: Open Source Software Is Commercial

Free Software Business

Nokia has anointed Sebastian Nyström as the new head for its Meego OS despite the recent announcement it's moving to Windows-based mobile OS development.

the Inquirer: Nokia announces another chief for Meego

Nokia has announced that it is selling the commercial licensing and professional services arm of its Qt group to Digia, a Finnish services and software company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nokia plans to retain all the core development, and copyright, of the Qt framework and continue development, but the business of selling Qt under its commercial licence and supporting those customers will be transferred to Digia. The most pressing open question now is, since Nokia is ditching MeeGo (and Symbian), does it have any interest in Qt anymore and what will happen to Qt – will it remain free software or will KDE have to play its trump.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Microsoft Is Said to Pay Nokia More Than $1 Billion in Deal

Cherokee – a small and fast free software webserver – has opened its webapp store. On it users can with no fuss install and update (free software) web applications like Drupal, WordPress and Redmine directly from Cherokee’s webGUI. I think that’s a great idea and hope it’ll be done right!

TG Daily: Open source safest for healthcare IT, study claims

ReadWriteWeb: Jolicloud Becomes Joli OS, Announces Cross-Platform Apps

the Next Web: HTC reportedly secures 1 million orders for HTC Flyer

Software Patents

Fast Company: Patent Director: “Patent Filings Do not Equal Innovation,” U.S. Needs New Measure

While the ECJ ruled that a pan-EU community patent system would be against EU law, 25 of 27 EU member states are planning a new patent agreement. For a short summary of the ruling, read IPKat’s and/or April’s post.

Ars Technica: Patent trolls fatten up on vaguely worded patents

Copyright and Other Legal Act Reforms

the Inquirer: FTC recommends patent reform

A recent leak reveals that USA wants to achieve in TPP everything that it failed to do in ACTA.

With the new consumer rights laws the EU wants to explicitly define digital goods (including software) as plain goods, giving the user the right to own the copy (and not just lease it) and thus effectively making the EULA ineffective. BSA is of course lobbying against this.

TechnoLlama: WIPO and the future of copyright

Open Rights Group: Copyright Reform is Needed in UK: Letter to the Telegraph

IPTegrity: Should the European Court review ACTA?

European Commissioner Neelie Kroes called for a change in approach on copyright and orphan works to foster bringing more cultural content online.

EDRI: Avalanche Of Intellectual Property Initiatives On The Way In EU

EDRI: Sustainable Models For Creativity In The Digital Age

OpenSource.com: Myths and [US] patent reform

Government and Free Software Policies

The European Commission's Directorate General for Information Society and Media (DG Infso) wants to write guidelines to help improve public procurement to reduce vendor lock-in and to increase competition. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 April.

Don’t let anyone tell you, you need expensive proprietary software to make music. The Musical Studies Department of the Ionian University in Corfu has recently taken the initiative to become the first ever Public Organization and educational Institution in Greece that officially embraces Free Software in its infrastructure.

OSOR: NL: “Moving to open source would save government one to four billion”

OSOR: France appoints CIO but takes interoperability off task list

OSOR: NO: Open source-based problem-reporting website launched nationwide

OSOR: IE: Computer Service Board switches to open source software

OSOR: UK: Opponents of open source criticise new procurement rules

European Journal of ePractice: Governments could save millions by reducing their dependence on a single desktop PC software vendor

Open Standards

Andy Updegrove and Glyn Moody analyse where BSA is wrong with its claim to the UK government that open standards stifle innovation. Interesting read!

Rob Weir: Best Practices for Authoring Interoperable ODF Documents

Other interesting links

Pop those corks! FSFE is 10 years old! :D

MIT Media Lab creates 40.000 new logos representing their employees that all follow the same algorithm. Interesting from the view of trade marks.

the Inquirer: Google uses Android kill switch to control malware

TechDirt: Be Careful What You Wish For: Taiwan Using US Pressured Patent Laws Against US Companies

CNet: Governments press ICANN over new domain rules

Wild Webmink: …Crowdsourced is not Open Source

IP Watch: IP Enforcement Permeates ICANN, US Internet Policy

On March 29th-30th, NASA will host its first Open Source Summit.

Groklaw: The Sony PS3 Class File An Amended Complaint

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