• Why many programmers don’t bother joining the ACM

    Posted July 30, 2014 - 6:00 am

    In response to a query from Vint Cerf, professional developers explain why they don’t feel a membership in the Association for Computing Machinery is worth the cost
  • How open source licenses affect your business and your developers

    Posted January 24, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    For most of the 2000s, copyleft licenses (in particular the GPLv2) were the most popular choice for new open source projects. In the last few years, developers and companies seem to be trending away from the GPL in favor of permissive licenses for open source projects. What's behind that, does it impact your business and what licenses should you choose for new projects? Let's take a look.
  • Most Android, iPhone apps violate open source rules

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Seven out of 10 Android and iOS apps that contain open source "failed to comply with basic open source license requirements," according to a new analysis.
  • Updated: Research seems to point to Google infringement of Java code, now refuted

    Posted January 21, 2011 - 10:10 am

    Fans of Google who were rooting for the company in the Oracle v. Google copyright infringement case over Java may be a bit dismayed after reading the claims from Florian Mueller this morning. According to Mueller, there is mounting evidence in the original source files from Oracle's Java and Google's Android that code was indeed infringed. Update: additional research reveals that examined code isn't even in Android.
  • WordPress/Thesis Conflict Highlights GPL Nuances

    Posted July 16, 2010 - 10:50 am

    A public debate between WordPress' Matt Mullenweg and Thesis' Chris Pearson strives to answer the question: is the Thesis theme a derivative work of WordPress, and therefore required to be licensed under the GPL? New developments suggest "yes."
  • The Flavor of Android's Open Apps

    Posted June 9, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    A little curiosity about one app's license has got this blogger thinking: how are other free and open Android apps licensed?
  • Legal group releases guide to GPL compliance

    Posted August 21, 2008 - 12:46 pm

    The Software Freedom Law Center, which provides legal help to the free and open-source software community, has released a detailed document that describes how users and vendors can ensure they are in compliance with the open-source GNU General Public License (GPL) .
  • Red Hat releases details of Firestar patent deal

    Posted July 15, 2008 - 5:06 pm

    In an unprecedented move, Linux vendor Red Hat has published the legal details of a patent-infringement settlement it made last month with Firestar and DataTern.
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