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Copyright assignment - Once bitten, twice shy

http://www.h-online.com

Copyright assignment can be ethical, and can unify a project under common ownership, or it can be misused to impose control and bypass the GPL, indemnify the code against patent infringement, and subvert the developers' intent in contributing to an 'open source' project.

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Eben Moglen on Bilski, Software Patents, and Big Pharma

http://thepriorart.typepad.com

This interview is part of a series following the Supreme Court's Bilski decision, which left the laws on what you can get a patent on largely as they are, after a four-justice minority failed to ban "business method" patents.

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Judge rules that circumventing DRM is not illegal

http://www.downloadsquad.com

In what will surely become a landmark case -- or at least a massive thorn in the MPAA and RIAA's clubbed, pygmy feet -- a judge has ruled that bypassing DRM via hacking, reverse engineering or any other means is not in itself illegal.

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RMS Speech on The Danger of Software Patents - Beijing, China - August 04, 2010

http://www.fsf.org

« Richard Stallman will explain how software patents obstruct software development. Software patents are patents that cover software ideas. They restrict the development of software, so that every design decision brings a risk of getting sued. Patents in other fields restrict factories, but software patents restrict every computer user. Economic research shows that they even retard progress...»

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Q&A With Software Freedom Law Center's Eben Moglen

http://www.linuxinsider.com

Our primary task is to help projects do what they want to do in making their software work with greater efficiency and increase the prospects that the software will be used by people around the world," says Eben Moglen. "Much of our work involves giving advice to clients."

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DOJ Pushing to Expand Warrantless Access to Internet Records

http://www.eff.org

This morning's Washington Post reveals that the Department Of Justice has been pressuring Congress to expand its power to obtain records of Americans' private Internet activity through the use of National Security Letters (NSLs).

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Help Extend the Ban on Software Patents in New Zealand to Australia

http://techrights.org

Head of Microsoft New Zealand steps down, New Zealand permits software patenting only with the "device" trick, and Ben Sturmfels is working to marginalise software patents also in Australia

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Winamp Brainchild: “You Have People Patenting Things that Are Essentially Math”

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"I could write a 100,000 lines of code and for all I know, 50,000 of them infringe on various things," argues Justin Frankel

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Software: What Exactly Can be Copyrighted?

http://www.h-online.com

One of the many arguments against allowing patents for software (alongside the principle argument that software is made up of algorithms, which are essentially mathematics, which is pure knowledge and hence is not patentable) is the fact that software is anyway covered by copyright law.

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Mozilla Would Like to Pick Your Brain - Revising the MPL

http://www.groklaw.net

Can we talk about licenses for a bit? It's something I've wanted to talk to you about for a long time, and it's a good time for it, because Mozilla is redrafting its license and would like your input.

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How infectious is the GPL? Battle of words between WordPress and Thesis

http://www.itwriting.com

The issue boils down to this. WordPress is licensed under the GPL, which provides that if you derive a new work from an existing GPL-licensed work, the GPL applies to your new work as well.

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FreeType 2.4 now free from patent restrictions

http://freetype.sourceforge.net

Patents on rendering TrueType fonts expired in May, allowing Libfreetype 2.4 to offer better default TrueType font display

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OpenDocument 1.2 available for review for 60 days

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The standard for the OpenDocument office file format is approaching version 1.2. The draft of the standard is now available on the web for public review

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Data retention: Got nothing to hide?

http://www.efa.org.au

Managing all this data would create a lot of work and expense for ISPs, which disadvantage smaller players and would have to be passed on to consumers.

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ACTA leaks - but secret squirrel stays secret

http://www.theregister.co.uk

Just who is the bad apple at the ACTA negotiations, excluding the public and forcing discussions between the parties to be held in secret?

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