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Alvaro asks 9 questions to the Commission about ACTA, including 3 strikes and transparency

http://www.digitalmajority.org

Alexander Alvaro (ALDE) has asked 9 questions about ACTA, including 3 strikes and transparency, or the access by the INTA committee to the drafts documents. He is also asking about changes to substantive patent law (read software patents here).

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FSFE’s statement on the relation between standards and patents at WIPO SCP/15

http://blogs.fsfe.org

Software standards must be implementable in any software or business model, including those based on Free Software. When patents are included in software standards, they need to be licensed in a manner that doesn’t restrict their implementation in any way. Besides the absence of any other restriction, that means royalty-free licensing to any party implementing the standard.

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EU to push patent-free eGovernment

http://www.euractiv.com

The European Union is on the cusp of writing public procurement rules which favour patent- and royalty-free technologies, according to software giants who argue that the rules echo Chinese public procurement laws.

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Java Trap, 2010 Edition

http://journal.paul.querna.org

Oracle is going to control the future of Java. I don’t know what will happen to the Java Community Process, but I lack any faith in it continuing.

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"Final" Version of ACTA Must be Rejected as a Whole

http://www.laquadrature.net

By putting legal and monetary pressure on Internet service providers (in a most subtler way than in previous versions of the text), ACTA will give the music and movie industries a weapon to force them to police their networks and users themselves.

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HTC Willfully Violates the GPL in T-Mobile's New G2 Android Phone

http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com

"HTC will normally publish this within 90 to 120 days. This time frame is within the requirements of the open source community."

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Not Being Able To Spy On Everyone Online Is A Feature, Not A Bug

http://www.techdirt.com

Designing for surveillance means, more or less by definition, designing a less secure, more vulnerable infrastructure.

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Interview with Chiranuch Premchaiporn of Thai Netizen Network

http://www.eff.org

The laws require internet service providers and websites to invest a large amount of effort in monitoring and keeping logs of their services. They also have to comply massive censorship, let alone the loss of reputation that occurs when users cannot access websites.

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Near-Final ACTA Text is a Counterfeit of Democracy

http://www.laquadrature.net

The release of this text should not give the illusion of transparency by hiding the fact that the whole negotiation process was carried on out of public scrutiny. Moreover, ACTA could profoundly alter the Internet ecosystem by turning technical intermediaries into a copyright police of the Net.

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COICA amended, still threatens Internet security

http://blog.internetgovernance.org

Under the current text, ISPs would likely have to forgo secure DNS resolution for its end customers in order to comply with COICA orders. This is anathema to the stated purpose of DNSSEC

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Some Android apps caught covertly sending GPS data to advertisers

http://arstechnica.com

The results of a study conducted by researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel Labs have revealed that a significant number of popular Android applications transmit private user data to advertising networks without explicitly asking or informing the user.

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EFF supports Microsoft in seeking to make it easier to invalidate patents

http://www.eff.org

Today EFF, joined by Public Knowledge, the Computer & Communications Industry Association and the Apache Software Foundation, filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case in which Microsoft is trying to make it easier to invalidate an issued U.S. patent.

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As USPTO evaluates Bilski, Red Hat says end software patents

http://arstechnica.com

When the Supreme Court heard the Bilski case earlier this year, it ruled that the specific business method patent at issue in the case was invalid and contended that the patentability of intangible methods should be reduced but not eliminated. The court declined to provide clarity on the scope of software patentability, however, which leaves a lot of important questions unanswered.

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When a company asks for your copyright

http://www.fsf.org

RMS: Companies that develop free software and release it under the GNU GPL sometimes distribute some copies of the code in other ways. If they distribute the exact same code under a different license to certain users that pay for this, typically permitting including the code in proprietary programs, we call it "selling exceptions".

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Over 450 letters sent to the USPTO proposing guidelines to end software patents

http://www.fsf.org

Last week, we put out an action item asking people to write to the USPTO, and explain to them why software should not be eligible for patents under their forthcoming post-Bilski guidance. To answer the call, you all sent in more than 450 letters, offering the USPTO all kinds of legal and practical reasons why they should stop issuing software patents.

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