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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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Open Source: SAP to be developer friendly

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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 in-memory computing platform. SAP has also developed an open-source service broker for the Cloud Foundry PaaS (platform as a service) that allows Cloud Foundry applications to connect to HANA. Apart from this, SAP has announced that it is releasing a part of its proprietary SAPUI5 framework...

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Copyright: Public Domain Dedication of Works

This image depicts the logo of creative commons and the version number. This post talks about copyright in the public domain and its relation to the creative commons movement. Click on the image to read the full post.

As I had pointed out in my earlier posts, creative commons aims to make works available to the public  for enrichment of free culture. It has towards this end created an instrument entitled, CC0 1.0 Universal,  for enabling authors to dedicate works to the public domain. By making a work available under the instrument, an author waives all copyrights and related rights in the work. The work forms part of the public domain and any person is free to use the work in any manner. Both commercial and non-commercial use of the work is permitted. The author's name cannot be...

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Patent: You May Need Patent Licenses to Use Android

Open Source Software are not free from patent risks. We have been reiterating this on SiNApSE blog since the last two years. Samsung's recent patent pact with Microsoft is another example of the same. Samsung has recently entered into a patent license agreement with Microsoft for manufacturing android mobile devices. Though the terms and conditions of the deal have not been disclosed, the rumour is that Samsung will be paying about five dollars to Microsoft for every device sold. Microsoft's strategy to force open source software users to acquire a patent license from the company has been proving to be very...

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Intellectual Property: Economics of FOSS in India and FOSS License Compliance

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Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is known to have a very positive economic impact in organisations. Though the economic value of FOSS has been studied extensively in developed countries, such studies are rare in developing countries. Professor Rahul De from IIMB has carried out one of its kind study on the economic impact of FOSS in India and the report  is available under the creative commons license. The study was sponsored by RedHat. As a part of his research, Professor De studied Indian organisations drawn from government departments, commercial firms and educational institutions. The report points out the cost benefits...

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