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What's a Derivative Work? Depends Who You Ask

http://www.linuxinsider.com

What is a derivative work of open source software? "The answer is I don't know -- and the fact is most people don't know," Jason Wacha, general counsel for MontaVista Software, said in a recent webinar. "The 'derivative works' definition hasn't been that well defined. There are 12 U.S. circuits, and each has its own definition -- some have none."

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Download Uproar: Record Industry Goes After Personal Use

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Despite more than 20,000 lawsuits filed against music fans in the years since they started finding free tunes online rather than buying CDs from record companies, the recording industry has utterly failed to halt the decline of the record album or the rise of digital music sharing.

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BSD and the GPL

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One of the things that's been discussed a lot over the years is how Linux seems to succeed enmass across many different markets whereas BSD is relegated to just a sizeable slice of the server world.

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Restricted Codecs Mess in Linux

http://www.madpenguin.org

here are a number of newcomers who migrate to Linux and then find themselves at ends with the confusion regarding restricted formats and codecs in the US. The laws regarding usage are confusing and all over the map, thus leaving many Linux distributions forced to mark them as possibly illegal to use in some countries, despite no solid evidence to actually support this outside of MPAA and RIAA rhetoric, which is hardly a court's decision. And in a recent article, I took this whole idea to task and examine how it may not actually be illegal to use libdvdcss after all.

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GPL vs BSD, a matter of sustainability

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If you haven’t been living under a rock the past decade (I suppose Stonehenge qualifies) you may have walked in on some incarnation of the famous GPL vs BSD flamewar. It’s up there with the most famous flamewars (now *there’s* a research question for a brimming sociology student!) of our beloved Internet society.

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Closing open source loopholes

http://blogs.the451group.com

Say what you want about GPLv3, but the update to the most popular open source software license continues to close loopholes that have been used to avoid sharing source code, patent protection and other freedoms that the authors intended. Still, we have yet to see whether this closes off any appeal of the GPL and even open source in general for vendors, developers and users.

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GPLv3, bug fixes, and complexity

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com

After an interesting free software licensing event in Helsinki, I got thinking about licence complexity. At the conference, people had two types of questions (a) Why didn't GPLv3 additionally solve X problem? and (b) Why is it so long?

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World Series hype, GPLv3 adoption increase in October

http://enterpriselinuxlog.blogs.techtarget.com

What can the World Series and the General Public License (GPL) possibly have in common?

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Predicting Open Source Licensing

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What's the most popular open source license currently in use? If you said GPL you would be right. But how did you know?

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KnowledgeTree Announces Adoption of GPLv3

http://lxer.com

KnowledgeTree™, the leading provider of Open Source document management software for small to medium-sized organizations and departmental users, today announced the availability of KnowledgeTree Open Source Edition 3.5 licensed under the new GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3.

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Microsoft Posts the New License Terms for Interoperability in the EU Agreement - Updated

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Microsoft has now posted the revised licenses for interoperability as a result of the EU antitrust agreement. Microsoft calls them the Microsoft Work Group Server Protocol Program License Agreements for Development and Product Distribution (WSPP Development Agreements). I don't know why they can't come up with better names. Probably for the same reason the Zune is brown.

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FSF Compliance Lab online meeting addresses license questions

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The Free Software Foundation's (FSF) Free Software Licensing and Compliance Lab held a public question and answer session in an IRC meeting last night. The meeting was conducted by Brett Smith, the licensing compliance engineer at the FSF.

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License change makes software more attractive for the community

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Dimdim calls itself the world's first free Web meeting service based on an open source platform. Users can share their desktops and files while chatting and videoconferencing with meeting participants.

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Fallout from Office Open XML Vote Continues

http://www.eweek.com

The fallout from the events leading up to the recent vote on whether or not to approve Microsoft's Office Open XML documents format as an ISO standard continues unabated, more than a month after the software maker conceded it had lost that vote.

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GPLv3 adoption on track, experts say

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How is the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3) being received four months after its official release?

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