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Intellectual property: Patents against prosperity

http://www.economist.com

(Article from The Economist) AMERICA is still in denial... Innovation and invention is the key to continuing gains in prosperity. ... (Yet) This recent episode of Planet Money, "When Patents Attack", is an informative and entertaining primer on the way America's patent system squelches competition, slows innovation, and enables egregious predation through the legal system.

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Fencing and Tollgating the Internet

http://blog.linuxtoday.com

What journalists are missing out on is that H.264 is a patented codec, and that the patent holders expect to collect royalties. The last H.264 patents expire in 2028. Mr. Blizzard draws some apt parallels with GIF and MP3, and the problems caused when patented, royalty-burdened technologies collide with a supposedly open and unencumbered Web.

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Documentation Compliance Means MS Collecting Protocol Royalties

http://yro.slashdot.org

Microsoft may begin collecting royalties again for licensing some protocols because clear technical documentation is now available, according to the US Department of Justice.

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Apple refusing royalty-free license to widget patent

http://www.zdnetasia.com

Apple believes it has a patent that could potentially throw a wrench into an effort to develop a Web standard for updating widgets.

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Microsoft sabotaging GPL, claims Samba

http://www.zdnet.com.au

Samba project leader Jeremy Allison has accused Microsoft of trying to prevent people using and distributing software under the GNU General Public Licence, by forcing cross-patent licensing deals.

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US patent office declares Blackboard’s e-learning patent invalid

http://www.heise.de

In a recently published decision (PDF file), the US patent office has declared US company Blackboard’s e-learning patent invalid. The patent office rejected all 44 claims in the disputed US patent number 6,988,138, (“Alcorn patent”) for a system for teaching in a virtual classroom using the internet, including chat, a virtual blackboard and provision of teaching materials.

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Free-software lawyers: Don't trust Microsoft's Open XML patent pledge

http://www.news.com

Prominent legal counsel the Software Freedom Law Center said that the legal terms covering Microsoft's Open XML document formats pose a patent risk to free and open-source software developers.

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Microsoft-funded Analysts Firm Pretty Much Confirms Software Patent Pill is in ‘Openness’ Pledge

http://boycottnovell.com

Short translation: Microsoft actually chose to pretend to be opening because it serves the company’s intention to run an extortion racket against its main competitor.

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Korean Professor Wins Patent Lawsuit Against Microsoft

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr

A Seoul court ruled that the world's largest software giant Microsoft illegally used patent-covered software technology developed by a Korean professor, ending an eight-year-long legal battle between the scientist and the U.S. company.

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Against Intellectual Monopoly

http://levine.sscnet.ucla.edu

"It is common to argue that intellectual property in the form of copyright and patent is necessary for the innovation and creation of ideas and inventions such as machines, drugs, computer software, books, music, literature and movies. In fact intellectual property is a government grant of a costly and dangerous private monopoly over ideas. We show through theory and example that intellectual monopoly is not necessary for innovation and as a practical matter is damaging to growth, prosperity and liberty."

It is an economic book that build a devastating case against patent and copyright laws.

Notes: It seem that book marks the GPL and other free software license as the exception and is something that they see as beneficial. It is something if possible they want to see preserved.

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FSF - The Free Software Foundation

http://www.fsf.org

Everyone in the US: phone your senators' offices at 202-224-3121 to oppose the US-Peru "Free Trade" Treaty. It requires software patents and something like the DMCA. (Not to mention other harmful effects on other areas of life.)

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EU Duped by MS settlemeent?

http://www.vnunet.com

"I have always said that open source software developers must be able to take advantage of [the 2004 ruling]: now they can," the Commission's competition commissioner Neelie Kroes boasted in a press release.

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When Bullies Rule: A Call For Patent Reform in America

http://blue-gnu.biz

For some time now, Microsoft has been accusing the FOSS community of violating its patents. FOSS journalists have been calling their bluff for about as long. And now the patent armageddon game is on. And we could have prevented this all along.

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Red Hat CEO says he talked patents with Microsoft - washingtonpost.com

http://www.washingtonpost.com

Red Hat's CEO, Matthew Szulik, has confirmed that Red Hat has held negotiations with Microsoft about exclusive patent deals. He refused to say whether they were still negotiating.

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Mark Shuttleworth » No negotiations with Microsoft in progress

http://www.markshuttleworth.com

There’s a rumour circulating that Ubuntu is in discussions with Microsoft aimed at an agreement along the lines they have concluded recently with Linspire, Xandros, Novell etc. Unfortunately, some speculation in the media (thoroughly and elegantly debunked in the blogosphere but not before the damage was done) posited that “Ubuntu might be next”.

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