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Video: Stallman on software patent fears (OGG format)

http://www.itnews.com.au

"Why GNU founder crashed the European Patent Office’s presentation..."

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Encourage the USPTO to stop issuing software patents

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Following the Supreme Court's decision in Bilski v. Kappos, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) plans to release new guidance as to which patent applications will be accepted, and which will not. As part of this process, they are seeking input from the public about how that guidance should be structured.

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Censorship of the Internet Takes Center Stage in "Online Infringement" Bill

http://www.eff.org

Senator Patrick Leahy yesterday introduced the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA). This flawed bill would allow the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to break the Internet one domain at a time

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Stallman crashes European Patent session

http://www.itnews.com.au

Richard Stallman made an unexpected appearance at a European Patent Office presentation in Brisbane today.

Stallman, pictured, who was also due to address the World Computer Congress later in the day, carried a placard that said: "Don't get caught in software patent thickets".

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The Recipe for Open Standards (and Why ISO Can’t Cook)

http://www.robweir.com

First some definitions. In this post let’s define an “open standard” as one that is: 1) freely available, 2) developed in an open process and 3) freely implementable, e.g., is royalty free. I freely acknowledge that there are interests out there that attempt to soften these criteria, but that only demonstrates the competitive power presented by truly open standards.

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Judge Campbell Rules: IBM Stays on Hold; SCO Loses Again

http://www.groklaw.net

Judge Tena Campbell has today ruled against SCO, who had asked to go forward against IBM in SCO v. IBM, without letting IBM go forward on its most significant claims. "The court declines," her order says, to reopen anything now, because too much depends on what happens in SCO v. Novell, and it doesn't make sense to divide the two cases.

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UK ISPs To Pay 25% of Copyright Enforcement Costs

http://yro.slashdot.org

"The UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has released a report (PDF) related to the new Digital Economy Act." Sounds exactly like the good old MAFIAA racket.

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More GPL enforcement work again.. and a very surreal but important case

http://laforge.gnumonks.org

Right now I'm facing what I'd consider the most outrageous case that I've been involved so far: A manufacturer of Linux-based embedded devices (no, I will not name the company) really has the guts to go in front of court and sue another company for modifying the firmware on those devices. More specifically, the only modifications to program code are on the GPL licensed parts of the software.

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New Event Video: Software Patents and the Commons

http://techrights.org

Keynote address by Professor Eben Moglen, “The Commons As An Actor in Transforming Global Political Economy -(September 1st, 2010)

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European Parliament Vs. ACTA: Rejection is the only option

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ACTA aims at circumventing democracy to impose now and later repressive legislation through secret negotiations. The European Parliament now has a unique occasion to firmly oppose it.

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European Parliament passes anti-ACTA declaration

http://arstechnica.com

Today 377 members of the European Parliament adopted a written declaration on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in which they demand greater transparency, assert that ISPs should not up end being liable for data sent through their networks, and say that ACTA "should not force limitations upon judicial due process

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FSF responds to Oracle v. Google and the threat of software patents

http://www.fsf.org

As you likely heard on any number of news sites, Oracle has filed suit against Google, claiming that Android infringes some of its Java-related copyrights and patents. Too little information is available about the copyright infringement claim to say much about it yet; we expect we'll learn more as the case proceeds.

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Fair, Reasonable And Non-Discriminatory... Ain't

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One of the inescapable facts of free software is that it involves a lot of law - far more than innocent hackers might expect when they settle down for a light bit of coding.

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Newspaper Chain’s New Business Plan: Copyright Suits

http://www.wired.com

These trolls are threatening the future of all aggregation sites. Every article will have to be checked before posting to insure that they don't secretly hold a copyright.

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Software Freedom Law Center to Open India Branch

http://www.linuxpromagazine.com

The Software Freedom Law Center plans to create a new branch in New Dehli India to further expand their coverage of FLOSS and legal defense of free software. Mishi Choudhary will oversee the SFLC's New Dehli office.

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