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OSWALD #449 Period ending 21 May 2012

Welcome to the Open Source Law Weekly Open Source Digest (OSWALD)

A rather quiet week this week, with Red Hat celebrating 10 years of their Enterprise Linux product. There are a couple of stories from the mobile patent wars, and the usual collection of stories about Oracle v Google. There is something of a buzz around software defined networking at the moment, with OpenFlow getting lots of attention.

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Brendan Scott

Open Source Law

***** Government/Policy

Patent Protector or Pest?

The question was simple enough: Has the University of South Florida ever had a business relationship with Intellectual Ventures, a leading collector of patents and a partner of many colleges?

Government reneges on open source promise for Cloudstore 2.0

"We are still committed to considering a full open source solution as part of this ongoing development and are hopeful we can include API, product rating and reviews in future iterations too. "

Feds considering allowing DVD-encryption cracking

Federal regulators considered testimony Wednesday here at UCLA Law School on whether to allow citizens and filmmakers to legally crack DVD encryption meant to protect the discs from being copied.

Do software patents stifle innovation?

Ben Sturmfels, lead developer at Sturms, said he represents thousands of members of the software industry in Australia who believe patents on computation and information processing are harming society instead of helping it, as the patent system originally set out to do.

***** Patent/CR/DRM News+Policy

U.S. Judge OKs Sales of Microsoft Xbox in Germany

Meanwhile, a similar dispute in Germany questioned whether Microsoft illegally uses video-compression software in its Xbox 360 and Windows 7 software, in violation of an agreement with Motorola.

HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE delayed at US Customs for investigation of Apple patent infringement

The ban was delayed so HTC could engineer around Apple's patent claims, but it went into effect on April 19th — and although HTC claimed so-called "data tapping" was a "small UI experience" that would be completely removed from its US Android devices, Customs is now reviewing the One X and Evo 4G LTE.

Hearing on Patent Reform

Judge comes down hard on publishers, Apple in e-book case,news-15228.html

Citing ongoing state, federal and international antitrust investigations, Cote turned down arguments that Apple and the publishers had acted independently when they changed the pricing model for e-books.

Alsup to Boies: I Can Code -- Can You? (Oracle v Google)

"I could do [the 8 lines of infringing code]. You could do it," the judge told Boies. "It was an accident. "

Admitted file-swapper begs Supreme Court for help

Tenenbaum's lawyer, well-known Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson, wants the Supremes to understand that the industry's "litigation assault" on people like Tenenbaum is "procedurally unfair and profoundly unethical. ”

Finnish court: open WiFi owners not responsible for copyright infringement

A Finnish court has ruled that merely operating an open WiFi access point does not make you liable for copyright infringements committed on your network.


A federal appeals court revived Apple's bid to block U. S. sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet computer --But the court rejected other Apple legal claims that sought to bar sales of Samsung smartphones

Meat Cutters Discover a New Steak - Patents Pending

Business Insider picks up on the weird scoop from the Drovers Cattle Network, which proclaims that the steak "is the latest and perhaps last steak to be found from the beef carcass. " Patents, believe it or not, are pending.

US says it will bar some Motorola Mobility phones

Some Motorola Mobility smartphones infringe on a Microsoft patent and will be barred from importation to the United States, a U. S. trade panel said on Friday.

***** Applications/Gadgets

FuseSource Launches New Open Source Integration and Messaging Platforms

FuseSource, the open-source integration company, announced the availability of new products that enable enterprises to use open-source technology for integration and messaging.

***** Reports

Red Hat celebrates 10 years of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Today, Paul Cormier, Red Hat’s president of products and technologies said in a statement that “Red Hat is thankful to the worldwide Linux community and all our partners, and is proud to recognize the achievements we’ve made with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Banned PlayStation Hacker Sees Hope of Return in Jailbreaking Deliberations

He settled the suit last year by agreeing never to tinker again with a Sony product, but his hacker itch has him awaiting a looming decision by federal copyright regulators that, for the first time, could legalize videogame-console jailbreaking.

an example of the usefulness of bittorrent for entirely legal purposes

As you can see from the images above, if I'd downloaded the iso straight from their server, it was going to take the better part of an hour, so I decided to grab the torrent instead. Turns out it was a good choice, because it was finished in about six minutes.

Debian Administrator's Handbook published -- and Freed

This translation into English of the fifth edition of the French “Cahier de l'Admin Debian” (published by Eyrolles) has been crowdfunded, and the results are just released.

Skype for Linux Not Dead

Since then there has been one very minor update for Skype on Linux - compared to 17 updates to the Windows version in the same time frame.

Dan Pitt Exec Chair, Open Networking Foundation Explains Why OpenFlow is the Future

At Interop 2012, there was one theme that dominated all others - Software Defined Networking (SDN). At the center of the SDN revolution is OpenFlow and the center of that is the Open Networking Foundation.

Android boosts open source development for mobile

One of the drivers behind the trend is the abundance of high-quality open source code that's readily available for developers to harvest and use for their own projects, according to Vescuso. "We see over 18,000 [open source] projects targeted specifically to mobile platforms, plus around 600,000 open source projects to choose from which offer other useful components. Why reinvent the wheel?" he said.

Red Hat, IBM Counter VMware In Government Market

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) are countering VMware (NYSE: VMW) in the government market, promoting a secure virtualization platform on IBM x86 servers. But here’s the twist: VMware has offered a similar level of security since at least 2010.

Apache Isn't Just About HTTP Anymore

Looking beyond the 104 TLPs are 51 incubated projects (or Podlings) including big names like Wave (formerly Google Wave) and OpenOffice (formerly Oracle/Sun).

Google to centralize Android development and sales

This news comes ahead of final approval for Google’s acquisition of Motorola. Many people are speculating that Google is trying to centralize Android programming, sales, and marketing to reassure its partners that Google is going to use Motorola devices to compete with them.

China clears Google purchase of Motorola Mobility

Conditions put on the rubber stamp from China's Ministry of Commerce included Google keeping its Android software for gadgets such as smartphones and tablet computers free and open for at least five years.

***** Snippets

EU to 'remain Vigilant' on Microsoft's Browser Commitments

Innovate or Imitate? Where Linux Lags, Where Linux Leads

Canonical's Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix Evolves

Fedora 17 & GNOME 3.4: Return to a useful Linux desktop

Notes from the Open Source System Management Conference

Is Mozilla Punting on Web Apps for Linux?

Red Hat OpenShift PaaS: Will Cloud Developers Climb Aboard?

Kernel Log: Coming in 3.4 (Part 3) - Graphics drivers

SNMP Version 3 on Linux

How Google Developers Use Ubuntu

Canonical Prepares a GNOME Flavor of Ubuntu

Six Key Features Coming in Mageia Linux 2.0

Linux 3.4 rc7

Ubuntu will hit the big time on Amazon: Here's how

Updated Debian 6.0: 6.0.5 released

Multi-Tenant Public Clouds: Security Risk or FUD?

Free and Open-Source Software bring an Open-Community

Say Goodbye to Linux on the Desktop

Linux at 21: A new Linux Foundation t-shirt contest

Ubuntu Zombies

Introducing Ubuntu Bliss Lens for Unity

Hybryde Linux lets you switch Desktop Environment on the fly

Apache OpenOffice. Windows Users Dominate Downloads

Mandriva Community Planning Next Release

What's next after GPL and Apache?

Mandriva SA Cedes Control To Mandriva Community

Linux Desktop Space is no Place to Concede

Need a resume boost? Get involved with an open source project

Lotus Symphony realigns with Apache OpenOffice

Introducing PuppetDB: Put Your Data to Work

Linux 3.4 released

Mageia 2 and the default GNOME 3 desktop
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