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GPL, BSD Fight for Best Licensing Agreements

http://www.madpenguin.org

Having been a Linux user for a number of years, weathering immense criticism for thinking like a normal person rather than an engineer, you might think that articles like this one would have me moving in to agree with such statements. But me being me, I choose to rebel.

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The RIAA Attacks Usenet

http://torrentfreak.com

Basking in glory after orchestrating a record punishment for a petty file-sharer in the US, the RIAA takes its legal campaign to the next level. Many may want newsgroups to stay under the radar but it’s too late - major labels have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Usenet.com and it won’t be going away.

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Licensing for laymen - GPL explained

http://www.tectonic.co.za

A recent report, "GPLv2 vs. GPLv3: The two seminal open source licenses, their roots, consequences, and repercussions", compiled by Liz Laffan of VisonMobile, examines the new terms and differences introduced by the third version of the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) and assesses the probable impact it will have on the software market in general and the mobile industry in particular.

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A patent trolling dream--Microsoft lets you look but not touch .NET libraries

http://weblog.infoworld.com

What happens when something patented or copyright from the MS frameworks make their way into other products (probably accidentally but a huge amount of software is based on the same design patterns.) Does Microsoft agree to not sue? Nope.

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Microsoft's pseudo-open source: open trap for open-source developers?

http://blogs.cnet.com

If you believe some of the headlines, Microsoft just open sourced a bunch of software related to its .Net libraries. Don't be fooled. The definition of open source is very clear. This is not open source. Not even a little bit. In fact, this may actually be an insidious trap (more on that below).

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Sun Refuses LGPL for OpenOffice; Novell forks

http://slashdot.org

"Kohei Yoshida wrote a long post on the history of Calc Solver, an optimization solver module for the Calc component of OpenOffice.org. After three years of jumping through Sun's hoops on his own time, Sun says it will duplicate the work because Kohei doesn't want to sign over ownership of the code. Adding insult to injury, Sun then invites him join this duplication.

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Why GPLv3 Will Supplant GPLv2

http://www.linuxjournal.com

One of the most important recent events in the world of free software has been the release of version 3 of the GNU GPL. There were fierce arguments about its utility while it was being drawn up, and although the rhetoric has abated somewhat, there is still a big question mark over its eventual success.

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Software Freedom Law Center Completes Review of Linux Wireless Code

http://www.linuxelectrons.com

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today announced that it has carefully reviewed the lineage of the open source Atheros wireless driver for Linux and determined which portions can be distributed under the ISC license (also known as the 2-clause BSD license).

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What’s in a free software license?

http://www.itwire.com

“Open source” is a hot buzzword today. It’s important to understand free software is still subject to a license just like conventional shrinkwrapped packages. The big difference is these licenses convey rights which can’t be revoked. Here’s what they mean for programmers and for end users.

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Relicensing: what's legal and what's right

http://lwn.net

The ath5k driver has been through more than the usual amount of legal trouble. This driver, for Atheros wireless chipsets, was originally reverse engineered and developed in the BSD community.

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GPL vs BSD: why are people fighting?

http://www.itwire.com

For the second time in six months, a flamefest has broken out between those who release software under the BSD (Berkely Software Distribution) licence and others who release software under the General Public Licence.

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Open source proponents denounce Microsoft licensing program

http://www.linuxworld.com

The U.S. District Court in Washington will review on Sept. 11 the state of the Microsoft Communications Protocol Program, which is Microsoft’s program for licensing more than 200 proprietary protocols for server, storage and security services.

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My resolve to treat Microsoft like any another license submitter is being sorely tested.

http://opensource.org

There's been a lot of debate in the community about how OSI should properly handle Microsoft's planned submission of some of its licenses for OSD certification. That debate has been been going on within OSI, too.

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GPL Violations On Windows Go Unnoticed?

http://ask.slashdot.org

Seems a slashdot reader has discovered a company using Free Software in their products without complying to the GPL. It seems they've even deliberately tried to hide those, wrapping them in dlls.

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GPLv3 Myth #4: GPLv3 undercuts the Microsoft/Novell deal

http://blogs.zdnet.com

In part 4 of a 5 part series on the new version of the most commonly used free/open source license, today we take a look at one of the reasons it took so long to create–the Microsoft/Novell patent deal.

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