Once upon a time, if you asked a standards setting organization what its intellectual property policy rights policy was, you’d get a simple answer: “We own the copyright in everything we produce.” Oh, to return to the good old days.
Now that’s an intriguing question, isn’t it? The answer, unfortunately, is, yes! In fact, it's probably inevitable.
Some people do things that make them rich and famous. Others never see the limelight, but create things that make everything else possible.They deserve recognition to.
A common assumption is that the availability of patents in software affects developers and users in the U.S. but not in the EU. Another is that patent holders in the US are dead set against patent reform. Neither assumption is true.
Once upon a time, standards were standards and open source software was open source software. Things get a lot more complicated when you start combining the two.
The cause of open standards - including ODF - in government continues to move forward in the EU, one nation at a time.
It takes something truly egregious to make me write an out and out rant. This article succeeded in spades.
Last year, a panel of Circuit Court judges ruled that believing that a patent is invalid should be a defense against liability for patent infringement. Last week, the Supreme Court says no dice. Meanwhile, the poor quality of software patents stays the same.
Some major open source foundations now require "patent pledges." Here's what they are, and why they're being requested.
Last week, the Library of Congress announced that it will “open up with OOXML.” Nine new OOXML format descriptions will be added to the LoC Format Sustainability Website. What?
Not so long ago, everybody was suing everybody in what quickly became knows as the "Mobile Platform Wars." That may not be so easy anymore.
It's become fashionable for content producers to rail against the concept of “curation” in the Age of the Internet. But that sells both sides short - content producers and consumers alike.
Many self-published authors believe that Amazon is the patron saint of writers, and that anyone who thinks otherwise is suffering from "Amazon Derangement Syndrome." Until now...
Heaven help us all, they’re doing it again. The “who” are the venture capitalists, and the “what” is super-inflating another start-up company bubble.
This time, the effort being launched is called the Dronecode Project, and the code it supports controls a much hotter platfrom than a telecom backbone: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more popularly known simply as "drones."
In Brussels, they really get "open." In Washington, D.C., well, not so much. It would be easy, and even no surprise, to spend a year in Washington, D.C. and never hear the word "open" used during a high level policy discussion. It's quite the opposite in Europe, where all things open (standards, source code, data and research) have been the subject of lively discussion and incorporation into core policy goals and directives. Nor has that happened by coincidence.
The Linux Foundation this morning announced the latest addition to its family of major hosted open source initiatives: the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV),
Mention the letters "DRM" and you're likely to immediately evoke two opposing and emotional reactions.
It seems like for governments, openness is one of those things that "says easy, does hard"
The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies.