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After TAL's great episode on software patents, petition them to help out by using Ogg Vorbis!

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This American Life's recent episode "When Patents Attack!" brought much new awareness to the problems that software patents and patent trolls create. So it's ironic that the show is only available in the patent-encumbered MP3 format. Sign the petition asking them to help be part of the solution by using Ogg Vorbis!

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Beware: Europe's 'unitary patent' could mean unlimited software patents

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The battles seen in the US over software patents could spread to the UK and the rest of Europe if the unitary patent is allowed to come into force

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Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ

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This document presents information about patents and patent liability useful for developers working on community distributions of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

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FSFE newsletter - May 2011

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This month's headlines:
- Competition authorities: Free Software protects competition
- Mission is possible: take part into our Free PDFreaders campaign follow-up!
- Something completely different: LinuxTag, articles on Free Software on the Fellowship planet.
- Get Active - Internships at FSFE

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About the WebM Community Cross-License

http://www.webm-ccl.org

The WebM Community Cross-License (CCL) initiative enables the web community to further support the WebM Project. Google, Matroska and the Xiph.Org Foundation make the various components of WebM openly available on royalty-free terms. By joining the CCL, member organizations likewise agree to license patents they may have that are essential to WebM technologies to other members of the CCL.

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Free Software crucial to competition, regulators in Novell patent deal say

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Competition authorities in Germany and the United States today highlighted the fundamental role that Free Software plays for competition in the software market.

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USDOJ opens anti-trust investigation of MPEG-LA

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The Wall Street Journal reports MPEG-LA's statement to try to prevent Google's VP8 codec from spreading is the reason of the interest of the US Department of Justice.

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Banshee May Put Ubuntu, Canonical At Risk

http://www.muktware.com

Banshee is going to be the default music player for Ubuntu which makes me worry. Banshee is based on the controversial Mono technologies developed by Novell employees. Richard M Stallman has warned against Mono and C# which applies to Banshee as well.

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OSI and FSF link up against CPTN patent threat

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The Open Source Initiative and the Free Software Foundations - two organisations fighting for the same cause, but traditionally in very different ways - have joined forces in an attempt to prevent Novell patents falling into Microsoft's hands.

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How Software Patents Will Ruin the World

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Instead of finally achieving financial success and changing the world with his software, Raul finds himself faced with a lawsuit, unless he pays steep licensing fees for patent usage rights.

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FSFE: Fighting software patents at WIPO

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When we get to explain our views in the plenary, we are after all speaking to 200-300 diplomats and specialist policy makers from around the world. You don’t get many opportunities to explain to such a crowd why software patents are a bad idea, or why patents in software standards must be licensed royalty-free and without restrictions on their use.

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Windows Phone 7: the best choice for patent trolls

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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today issued a warning to consumers over Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 Phone Series. The software release is backed by a reported 400 to 500 million dollar marketing campaign that aims to distract consumers from its history of abusive behavior, and recent actions as a patent troll: attacking free software based phones like Android.

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Red Hat settles patent case with Acacia - shares few details

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Open source is all about transparency, but that doesn't always apply to all aspects of the open source ecosystem. Red Hat has settled an alleged patent infringement case with IP firm Acacia Research Corporation around U.S. Patent. That particular case was pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Civil Action.

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Legal Terrorism Microsoft Style

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Microsoft is transforming from a proprietary software vendor into a litigation house, using the mere threat of patent lawsuits to effectively extort payments like a modern day Al Capone.

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EFF supports Microsoft in seeking to make it easier to invalidate patents

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Today EFF, joined by Public Knowledge, the Computer & Communications Industry Association and the Apache Software Foundation, filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case in which Microsoft is trying to make it easier to invalidate an issued U.S. patent.

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