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One IP issue out of OSS Community’s way – SCO Vs. IBM Litigation Ends

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One of the first IP litigations to hit the open source community was the suit filed by SCO against IBM in 2003. In the suit, SCO alleged IBM of breach of contract, copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation, among others. It alleged that IBM's insertion of portions of UNIX, owned by SCO, into LINUX, amounts to liability on various counts including copyright infringement. SCO initially claimed damages to the tune of one billion dollars, which was later increased to three and five billion dollars. IBM was not the only company SCO sued. It also went after Novell, Autozone and DaimlerChrysler. Novell...

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

Featured Image is of the IIMB, as the post is about an NSRCEL organised panel discussion on intellectual property for start-ups in the IIMB auditorium on 5th September. To read the post click here.

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 hone their managerial skills. This is good news, considering the plight of students who face fierce competition every year trying to get a seat in a tier-one college. There is no shortage of people who want to learn. However, only a chosen few realize their dream...

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

Featured image is of the Apple Inc logo on glass walls of an Apple Store. This is related to the post as it is about Apple's new patent Apply Pay. Click here to read the full post.

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 would most probably be available under Apache or another BSD style license. Over the last five years, flexible licenses have taken over the viral GPL type licenses, and it is today estimated that more than sixty percent of all open source software is governed by...

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Intellectual Property: Open Source Software & the Government of India

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.

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) must only be an exception when OSS is not available. The Preamble of the policy reads as follows: "Government of India (GoI) is implementing the Digital India programme as an umbrella programme to prepare India for acknowledge based transformation into a digitally empowered society and a knowledge...

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

This image depicts the title software/music licensing. This image is relevant because this post talks about a presentation on the said topic presented by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala. Click on the image to view full post.

[slideshare id=45505179&doc=softwareandmusiclicensing-150306003703-conversion-gate01] 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 with a special focus on music licensing brings about the close of the presentation....

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