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Are Microsoft’s patent lawyers really this dumb?

http://blogs.zdnet.com

"Are Microsoft’s patent lawyers playing possum? Or are they really as clueless about what makes open-source software tick as they seem?"

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The Viral Clause

http://tuxdeluxe.org

"Paradoxically, the viral clause, the part of the GPL licensing framework that so many people objected to because it wasn't business friendly, made the license business friendly - in the future, a license that liberates business from the drug of DRM and the prison of software patents may turn out to have been equally prescient and business friendly..."

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Another Brick in the Wall?

http://www.linuxtoday.com

"It seems, for now, that the plan to negate the threat of Microsoft's patent protection plan with certain Linux partners has succeeded. The statements made by Microsoft disavowing any notion that they will fall under the new version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3) seems to confirm that."

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Interview with FSFE President Georg Greve by Sean Daly

http://www.groklaw.net

Greve begins by explaining why GPLv3 provides a higher level of security for your project but also reassures everyone that it's no difficulty if projects such as the kernel wish to remain GPLv2. He does raise some legal issues the kernel folks likely will wish to think about.

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Sun finalizes Open Document Format translator

http://www.linuxworld.com

Sun has released the final version of its Open Document Format (ODF) plug-in for Microsoft Office, designed to allow the ODF standard to better compete with Microsoft's dominant Office formats.

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MS: Dancing as fast as it can to try to get away from GPLv3

http://www.groklaw.net

"Want to laugh? Microsoft Says It Is Not Bound by GPLv3" -- they think they can so declare, like an emperor, and it becomes fiat. It's not so easy. I gather Microsoft's lawyers have begun to discern the GPL pickle they are in."

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Joomla! - the licence stays the same

http://www.itwire.com.au

"When the Joomla! project - one of the most widely used open source content management systems - announced on June 15 that that it would be "committing to compliance with the GPL" users were left wondering at the implications."

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Microsoft warns world to be less proprietary

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk

Yes, Microsoft - which for years has been locking users out of old formats with its dazzling ranges of new formats to 'encourage' us to upgrade to its latest versions.

Microsoft's UK head Gordon Frazer even had the gall to warn of a looming "digital dark age".

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More Patents and New Business Models

http://weblog.infoworld.com

An infoworld exchange between Dave Dargo and Dave Klein... the "intellectual dishonesty" debate continues!

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Free Software Folly

http://www.eweek.com

Soon, the Free Software Foundation—which deserves much of the credit for delivering these liberties—may find itself in the odd position of being likewise jettisoned by a large and important part of its user base for the FSF's refusal to respect the needs and desires of its own stakeholders.

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Incoming EPO president reopens software patent debate

http://www.regdeveloper.co.uk

New head of the European Patent Office (EPO), Alison Brimelow, has signalled her intentions early, calling a public meeting to discuss the policy vacuum left by the rejection of the Directive on Computer Implemented Inventions.

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The Reason for All These Patent Deals?

http://www.microsoft-watch.com

But even Microsoft's childlike "that's mine" attitude about intellectual property and patent violation claims against open source doesn't explain the company's resistance to Red Hat. The question to ask: Whose intellectual property rights is Microsoft seeking to protect?

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Win 25 000 euro for fighting Microsoft

http://www.tectonic.co.za

The Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) has offered a prize for the best campaign against Microsoft's attempt to gain international standardisation for its Office format.

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The Real Meaning of GNU GPLv3

http://www.linuxjournal.com

Now that the final version of the GNU General Public Licence version 3 has been released, the in-depth analysis of its implications can begin. Two of the first commentaries to be published have come from the legal world, and there are doubtless many more being prepared for purely internal use within software companies wondering whether to adopt the new licence.

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Denmark to test Open XML, ODF next year

http://www.linuxworld.com

Denmark's government agencies will be required to handle two competing document format standards, the Open Document Format (ODF) and Microsoft Corp.'s Open XML, during a one-year test period that will begin next year.

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