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

[…] 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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Created by akf 6 years 7 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 7 weeks ago
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A Big Day in Court for the FOSS Community

Today those who believe in free content and free and open source software won a major victory in court, as reported by Larry Lessig, Mark Radcliffe, and Pamela Jones, among others.

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Created by missgeek 9 years 4 days ago – Made popular 9 years 3 days ago
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Fair Use Upheld. Imagine That.

I thought you would like to see a recently decided US case where fair use was upheld as a defense. I collected some materials to explain fair use in an overview the other day, but here's a case that explains the elements that courts look at, in a real live case, and it particularly makes clear what transformative use means.

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Created by Schlongman 9 years 6 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 6 weeks ago
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The Year the GPL Went to War

For developers, the open source world of 2007 was all about updates and interesting new projects. From a new version of Eclipse to a new scheduler in Linux, developers around the world contributed their free time to make their lives and the lives of others collectively easier. But in hindsight, the significance of 2007 may well be that the GPL finally grew some teeth.

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Created by peacemaker 9 years 33 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 33 weeks ago
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Defendant knocks Web illiterate juror in RIAA case

She doesn't raise her voice or get angry when a reporter asks her to read a story where she is called a "liar" by a member of the jury that found her guilty of copyright violations and ordered her to pay the recording industry $220,000 in damages.

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Created by anna 9 years 44 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 44 weeks ago
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