Category: Open Source

Software Escrow, licenses and contracts

We are happy to bring to you a guest post on Software escrow and licenses written by Jorge Sagastume, Vice President, EscrowTech International, Inc. In early 2013 Paul Golland, CIO of north-easy Long borough of Waltham Forest faced a horrible crisis.  He was told by their sole cloud provider that they were closing shop and […]

31 May
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Copyrights: Google's use of Java APIs in Android – fair use?

The District Court of the Northern District of California held last week that Google’s use of 37 Java APIs of Oracle does not give rise to copyright infringement liability because it is fair use. On remand from the Federal Circuit, in a Jury trial, Google’s use of Java APIs and around eleven thousand lines of […]

25 May
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Is use of Java APIs by Google Fair Use?

In 2010, Oracle sued Google for copying 37 Java packages, 8 specialized Java security packages, and a routine called “rangeCheck” in its Android operating system. Oracle claimed in the suit that Google is liable for infringing two of its patents in the software and that Google is also liable for copyright infringement for literally copying the […]

01 Jul
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IIMB’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Initiative: Bringing college to you!

Indian Institute of Management (IIMB) has become the first business school in India to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through their program called ‘IIMBx’. The program desires to provide quality education free of cost. The courses have been carefully designed to cater to a divergent group of learners, who can utilize these courses to […]

15 Jun
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Apple’s Swift will be Open Source: Which License?

It has been reported that Apple’s new programming language Swift, which is now in its second version will be made available as open source software under a permissive license. However, the specific license under which it will be made available as open source has not been specified. Some bloggers are of the opinion that it […]

02 Apr
This image depicts the Open Source trademark, which comprises of a green keyhole with the words Open Source. this post talks about interesting developments in Open source technology. Click on the image to read the full post.

Intellectual Property: Open Source Software & the Government of India

The Indian Government recently released its policy on adoption and use of Open Source Software (OSS) for government projects. The policy seeks to cut costs and improve flexibility by using, implementing and contributing to OSS development. The policy mandates that preference in government software projects must be given to OSS, and Closed Source Software (CSS) […]

06 Mar
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Intellectual Property: Presentation on Software and Music Licensing by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala

The presentation herein was given by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala. It deals with the different types of IP, assignment and licensing. Important clauses such as Recitals, Definitions, Grant, Royalties, Term & Termination are discussed. All of these are explained with the help of examples. Open Source licenses are talked about in detail. Licenses and their types […]

11 Apr
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Intellectual Property: Open Source Software proves to be a worthy underdog!

This week’s open source news is about a small, but significant victory of open source software over closed software giant, Microsoft. As a result of Microsoft’s decision to draw the curtains on all technical and security support for Windows XP and Office 2003 operating system users, the colours of open source software fly high once again! On […]

30 Dec
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Open Source: SAP to be developer friendly

Recently, SAP has made a series of announcements in a drive to invite more developers to launch the HANA in-memory computing platform. The series of announcements include the release of its unified developer license, which shall govern most of the SAP applications and the launch of its cloud-based River application development toolset for the HANA […]

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