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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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Patent: Licenses from Open Source Users

Casio Computing has recently taken  a patent license from Microsoft for using Linux in its devices. Though terms of the license have not been disclosed, Casio is believed to be paying a royalty for implementing Linux on its systems. Casio uses certain Microsoft's products under licenses and this step adds more royalty to Microsoft's kitty. Microsoft has been very aggressive  with in its licensing approach and has acquired more than seven hundred licenses from open source users.  Companies like Xandros, Linspire, Nortell and son have taken licenses from Microsoft to avoid patent suits. While the open source community is building strategies...

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Copyright: Open Source License Compliance and SPDX

Version 1.0 of the Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) has been released. SPDX specification is a standard format for communicating the components, licenses and copyrights associated with a software package. One of the primary objectives of th einitiative is to standardize the way license and copyright information is transferred in order to enhance compliance with open source and free software licenses. The initiative is hosted by the Linux Foundation and is expected to play a very important role in enabling compliance and clarifying compliance related issues. More than twenty organisations are involved in the working group and participation is open...

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Patent: Open Source Patent Pool Strengthened by CISCO and Twitter

CISCO and Twitter are the latest among the companies to join the Open Invention Network, which has been formed to ward off patent attacks on Linux. It has been reported that more than 35 members have joined the network only in the second quarter of 2011. The total corporate membership of OIN has now reached 360. With the increasing membership, OIN's strength to defend patent attacks is increasing by the day. Very soon, OIN, will be a strong force to reckon for companies  wishing to make money out of patent suits against Linux users. ...

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Open Source: New Meaning to Software Distribution: Repercussions of Court Battle Over Use of Embedded Open Source Software Awaited

The very foundation and idea of free software distribution is being challenged by AVM,  German DSL hardware manufacturer. AVM alleges that Cybits AG (Cybits), which produces  children's web-filtering software, is editing and modifying the firmware on AVM’s routers,  including the Linux kernel, which apparently both use. The legal bar being prayed by AVM  before the Court revolves around the GNU General Public Licenses which are legal license  set by the original authors of the software. This would mean that the claim being made by  AVM is in all probabilities likely to infringe the rights of the original authors. The Court now...

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Intellectual Property: YouTube’s Creative Commons

YouTube is today a repository of video content online. It has varieties of content ranging from entertainment to education .YouTube now allows users to upload videos under a creative commons license. Since incorporating creative commons as an option for users while uploading videos, the number of videos under the license are said to be increasing at a rapid rate. It is estimated that forty eight hours of video is uploaded on YouTube every minute and a person can only imagine the amount of video that would be available for free use if one percent of the said content is provided under...

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Open Source: Top Open Source License by Usage

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OpenLogic recently released a survey on the usage of open source licenses at the Open Source Business Conference held during the second week of May, 2011, which reveals statistics about the use of open source licenses.  Not surprisingly, close to 69 percent of the total open source projects use General Public License (GPL) and GPL is the most highly adopted license. Apache and other licenses follow GPL with respect to adoption. However, if the usage of licenses is reviewed based on downloads, the results are totally different and GPL stands at third place. Apache license based on software downloads is...

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Patent: Patent Risks in Open Source – Lesson’s from Google’s Story

Risks inherent in use of open source software from patents have finally seen the light of the day. Patent risks in use of open source software came to be  a reality with filing of patent suits by companies like Firestar, Microsoft and so on against open source businesses and users. However, none of the cases went the full distance earlier as they were settled out of court. The story is however different in the case filed by Bedrock Technologies against Google.Bedrock sued Google for patent infringement with respect to use of Linux by Google. The company filed the case in...

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Open Source Licensing: Is GPL so Viral? – The New Phase of OSS License Enforcement and Compliance

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General Public License (GPL) is one of the most stringent open source licenses. Being a license created by Free Software Foundation, it may be termed as a strong copyleft license. One of the primary objectives of the license is to spread the philosophy of free software foundation to make source code available for copying, use, modification and distribution. Any derivative work of a software governed by GPL will also be governed by GPL and source code must be made available during distribution. Programs that are integrated with software governed by GPL are considered to be derivative works of the GPL...

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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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