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The law behind free and open source software

June 21st, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , , ,

The third issue of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review has been released. And even if you’re not a lawyer there is food for thought. With everything from a profile of the BSD licence, to issues around copyright in free software and a review of case law related to free software, the [...]

Microsoft files patent suit against TomTom for Linux-based systems

February 26th, 2009 | 3 Comments » Tags: ,

fter claiming for years that Linux infringed on hundreds of its software patents, Microsoft has filed what may be the first suit over an alleged infringement. The company has filed a patent lawsuit against GPS maker TomTom for several of its devices including some that are Linux-based.

FSF files GPL infringement suit against Cisco

December 12th, 2008 | 3 Comments » Tags: ,

Free Software Foundation says products distributed under the Linksys brand do not comply with GNU General Public Licence conditions.

GPLv3 proving popular choice

December 10th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

GPLv3 now the fifth most popular open source licence and looks set to take fourth spot in the near future.

Linux guru found guilty of murder

April 29th, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags:

We wrote about Hans Reiser some months ago. At the time, the author of the Reiser filesystem was on trial for the death of his wife in late 2006. Yesterday, a California jury found Reiser guilty of first degree murder. Reiser was separated from wife Nina Reiser and engaged in a custody battle for their [...]

Wireless providers head to court

April 9th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

The Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) yesterday launched proceedings in the South African High Court aimed at bringing much-needed clarity to the Value Added Network Service (VANS) industry and the rights of holders of VANS licences.