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Beware: Europe's 'unitary patent' could mean unlimited software patents

http://www.guardian.co.uk

The battles seen in the US over software patents could spread to the UK and the rest of Europe if the unitary patent is allowed to come into force

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Software patents: foolish business

http://www.guardian.co.uk

Academic research by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society has found that software patents have provided no net benefit to the software industry, let alone to society as a whole.

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Critics label cybercrime bill 'invasion of privacy'

http://www.smh.com.au

Draconian Australian Cybercrime Bill would allow the Attorney General to hand over Australian data to US security services on request, with no subsequent oversight on how long that data might be retained, or how it might be used.

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Android GPLv2 termination worries: one more reason to upgrade to GPLv3

http://www.fsf.org

Distributors lose their rights when they violate GPLv2, but the Free Software Foundation is more forgiving in its license enforcement to encourage continued participation in the free software community. GPLv3 has improved termination provisions to codify this approach, giving developers one more reason to upgrade.

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Encrypt Early, Encrypt Often!

http://drdobbs.com

Even if you have done nothing wrong, the government agencies examining your files have no contractual obligation to you to keep them safe, nor even to get rid of all their copies once they've determined you're not guilty or that they pulled the wrong party's data.

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Google also passes on European data to US authorities

http://www.h-online.com

More solid reasons for leaving the cloud to the birds. With varying international laws, almost anyone can end up examining your private data. Security and privacy are never guaranteed.

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Intellectual property: Patents against prosperity

http://www.economist.com

(Article from The Economist) AMERICA is still in denial... Innovation and invention is the key to continuing gains in prosperity. ... (Yet) This recent episode of Planet Money, "When Patents Attack", is an informative and entertaining primer on the way America's patent system squelches competition, slows innovation, and enables egregious predation through the legal system.

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Swiss proprietary companies block government open source release

http://www.h-online.com

In 2009, the court's IT department announced it would release the system as open source under the GPLv3. This summer, it was expected that OpenJustitia would be released to allow other courts to make use of it.

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EFF Warns Congress: Data Retention Would Endanger Privacy, Gain Little

https://www.eff.org

It is particularly troublesome because the laws designed to protect the private data of consumers from government access are insufficient and out-of-date — creating a perfect storm for government abuse.

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Don't Let Congress Order Internet Companies to Spy on You: Oppose

https://secure.eff.org

That same data would also be available to civil litigants in private lawsuits--whether it's the RIAA trying to identify downloaders, a company trying to uncover and retaliate against an anonymous critic, or a divorce lawyer looking for dirty laundry

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European Parliament Study Confirms ACTA Must Be Rejected

http://www.laquadrature.net

As a result of the copyright lobbies' noxious influence, ACTA still includes a set of measures for stepping up the war on the sharing of culture over the Internet.

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Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ

http://www.debian.org

This document presents information about patents and patent liability useful for developers working on community distributions of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

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Unbelievable statements in GPL related case in the Supreme Court of Mauritius

http://laforge.gnumonks.org

[…] So let me phrase this more clearly: Somebody, under oath is stating at the Supreme Court, that GPL-Licensed software (which the Linux kernel definitely is), has no copyright restrictions? And that any derived work is the sole property of whoever created the derivative? What kind of pot are they smoking in Mauritius?

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AVM violating license of the Linux kernel

http://fsfe.org

Linux kernel at centre of battle for control of embedded devices

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Announcing our license recommendations guide

http://www.fsf.org

Today I'm happy to share something we've been working on for a little while: “How to choose a license for your own work” is a comprehensive set of license recommendations for new projects. This page explains what factors are important to consider when making licensing decisions, and suggests specific licenses for different scenarios.

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