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Trademark Law Does Not Require Companies To Tirelessly Censor the Internet

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Over the past few days, EFF and one of our staff technologists, the talented Micah Lee, have had an illuminating back and forth with Canonical Ltd over the use of the Ubuntu mark. While we don’t believe that Canonical has acted with malice or intent to censor, its silly invocation of trademark law is disturbing. After all, not everyone has easy recourse to lawyers and the ability to push back.

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Happy 10th Anniversary, Dear Groklaw!

http://www.groklaw.net

Groklaw is 10 years old as of today. Over the years its community has worked as a group to explain technology to the legal world and explain the legal process to techies. The combined result has helped defend Free and Open Source Software from cynical copyright/patent/trademark attacks from the proprietary world.

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Created by Superbowl H5N1 1 year 8 weeks ago
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What's in a (Free Software project) name?

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Trademarks, names and reputation. Glyn Moody looks at the problems that arise when trying to keep control of your reputation and the different approaches taken by open source software projects.

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Created by liquidat 1 year 9 weeks ago
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Nokia lines up patents against VP8 video codec

http://www.h-online.com

Google's VP8 video codec, which the company has offered as royalty-free and unencumbered, could be heading for rougher terrain: Nokia has informed the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) that 64 of its existing patents and 22 patent applications could potentially be infringed by VP8.

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Created by liquidat 1 year 15 weeks ago
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Internet Defense League To Be Deployed Against CISPA

http://members.internetdefenseleague.org

The SOPA threat was successfully defeated using these tactics. The CISPA is about sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and certain technology companies. Opponents of the bill include EFF and ACLU while proponents list Facebook and Microsoft...

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Created by spanky 1 year 16 weeks ago
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Python Software Foundation in trademark fight in Europe

http://www.h-online.com

The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is calling for help from companies in Europe to help with a trademark problem with a UK company. The non-profit is setting out to oppose an EU community trademark application for the name "Python" for all computer-related uses, but needs the help of the Python community to do so.

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Created by Superbowl H5N1 1 year 20 weeks ago
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Parliamentary questions requiring a written answer from the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda

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In an article published in the French newspaper ‘Libération’ on 16 January 2013, Commissioner Kroes states that she is proposing an initiative that would grant Internet providers the right to offer cheaper but restricted types of Internet services, under which certain parts of the Internet would not be accessible. Here are seven questions requesting clarification on net neutrality.

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Created by Superbowl H5N1 1 year 21 weeks ago
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Some facts about the US patent system

http://blog.hugoroy.eu

Large companies are spending more on patents than on research and development. The number of patent lawsuits is exploding. Software patents are extra toxic to free software because there cannot be per copy royalties. And they certainly are making the end user have less choices as demonstrated by blocking of several products because of patent suits around the world.

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Created by spanky 1 year 22 weeks ago
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Three Things Students Can Do Now to Promote Open Access

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The open access movement is a long-standing campaign in the world of research to make scholarly works freely available and reusable. Here are three things to do that can move open access forward.

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Created by Superbowl H5N1 1 year 22 weeks ago
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Draft EUPL v1.2 under public consultation

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After 1.5 month public consultation (launched mid December 2012) the EUPL v1.2 draft and its Working Paper were updated (31 Jan 2012) to consider remarks from forum users. The public consultation continues until 15 March 2013.

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Created by Superbowl H5N1 1 year 23 weeks ago
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RMS: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them

http://www.wired.com

Patents threaten every software developer, and the patent wars we have long feared have broken out. Software developers and software users – which in our society, is most people – need software to be free of patents.

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Created by JRepin 1 year 35 weeks ago
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How a rogue appeals court wrecked the patent system

http://arstechnica.com

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit short history 1982 to today and how the interpretation of patent law radically changed, leading to e.g. software patents. The pro-patent Federal Circuit has also "overruled" the Supreme Court.

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TLWIR 38: Google Trumps Oracle: What Does This Mean for Patent Litigation?

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Oracle Corporation of America just suffered a massive defeat at the hands of Google in its patent infringement lawsuit. A California jury decided that Google did NOT infringe on Oracle’s Java patents with its ubiquitous Android operating system. This decision has a significant impact on the future on the of Free Software.

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Created by rdjere 2 years 7 weeks ago
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Internet to Congress: CISPA is TMI

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The bill would carve out huge exemptions to bedrock privacy law and allow companies to share private user data with the government without any judicial oversight. The result?

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Created by lozz 2 years 12 weeks ago
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What one line of code can teach us

http://www.h-online.com

Glyn Moody looks at an example of how a patent on one line of code can inhibit innovation for a generation and how that lesson should not be forgotten when the government is asking what an open standard is.

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