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    Gitty up: 12 things other than programming code that are managed on GitHub

    Posted February 26, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    The popular platform for open source software is increasingly being used to share, manage and crowdsource things other than code
  • 3D printing could trigger intellectual property wars, legal expert says

    Posted July 16, 2013 - 11:58 am

    If 3D printing fulfills the potential that some have predicted for it, the technology could plague some businesses with the same intellectual property nightmares that struck the music and film industries after the introduction of Napster, according to one legal expert.
  • Is stolen IP walking in the door with new employees?

    Posted February 11, 2013 - 8:56 am

    A new global survey by Symantec and The Ponemon Institute finds that half of employees who left or lost their jobs in the past 12 months kept confidential corporate data, and 40 percent say they plan to use the data in their new jobs.
  • Government tech policy highs and lows of 2012

    Posted December 26, 2012 - 8:28 am

    From cybersecurity to intellectual property battles, mobile broadband to privacy and federal IT, it was a noisy year for technology in the nation's capital. But after all the debates, committee reports and lobbying, what actually changed?
  • Copyright lawsuit targets owners of non-secure wireless networks

    Posted February 6, 2012 - 5:37 pm

    A federal lawsuit filed in Massachusetts could test the question of whether individuals who leave their wireless networks unsecured can be held liable if someone uses the network to illegally download copyrighted content.
  • How to protect your intellectual property in the cloud

    Posted February 6, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    IT professionals know that handing data over to a third-party is always risky, but cloud computing creates unique concerns for IP. Here are nine tips to protect critical corporate data wherever it goes
  • Brain drain: Protecting your organization's IP

    Posted February 6, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    Global healthcare provider Best Doctors employs the most robust technologies and practices available to protect the privacy of its members' personal data -- but that's just a part of doing business in this industry. Less obvious but equally important is the degree of vigilance with which the company protects its brand name, which is trademarked in dozens of countries worldwide.
  • 4 keys for IP protection

    Posted February 6, 2012 - 4:03 pm

    Do you think data breaches are up or down in 2011 compared to 2007 or 2008? The official answer may surprise you. According to DatalossDB and the 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report [PDF link] by Verizon, the number of records compromised per year has been decreasing since its 2008 peak. But these reports are missing something very important. It all comes down to what is reported. Last year I met with more than 450 CIOs and CSOs, and almost all of them said that incidents are way up. New breaches are constantly making headlines, so why is there a discrepancy between our perception and what these reports are finding?
  • Megaupload defendants in court Sunday

    Posted January 22, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    Kim Dotcom, founder of the file sharing site Megaupload, appeared at court Sunday morning for a bail hearing along with three other men involved in the case.
  • Megaupload case raises question of provider knowledge

    Posted January 22, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    How much knowledge does a platform provider need to have of the files being traded on their system before they can be considered culpable?
  • Death of SOPA may be only big victory for individual rights online in 2012

    Posted January 16, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    SOPA's assumption of guilt provisions were outrageously unconstitutional, but didn't emerge from a vacuum. In 2012 it seems as if cops, marketers, social networkers, service providers or anyone else with a use for private data claims the right to take it, or just the ability.
  • Are Twitter followers fans or property? Who owns your Twitter account?

    Posted December 27, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    PhoneDog.com is suing a former employee who built a list of 17,000 followers on Twitter with his comments and reviews before moving on after four years. PhoneDog said the followers are a valuable customer list and the former employee owes it $340,000. Do you feel like an asset?
  • Think patent lawsuits are tough? Try selling a T-shirt with 'Hells Angels' on the front

    Posted August 26, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Hells Angels have a rep for protecting the territory they can ride over; they don't like copyright infringers. And they're as litigious as, well, hell.
  • Court may force Apple to show Samsung the next version of iPad and iPhone

    Posted May 30, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    As IP lawsuits proliferate in the churn of the mobile market, end-user companies may get pulled in to suits and business arrangements they might not have agreed to otherwise.
  • Intellectual goods increasingly targeted, report says

    Posted March 28, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    Need security to protect your data? A survey of 1,000 security practitioners by McAfee and SAIC says yes, but details on IP cybercrime are few.
  • CPTN Holdings still alive and well

    Posted January 11, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    In a seeming reversal, the holding consortium formed by Apple, EMC, Microsoft, and Oracle, known as CPTN Holdings, LLC, withdrew its application from the German Federal Cartel Office, leaving many hoping if this was a sign of the end of a patent deal that has sent shock waves through the open source community. This was not what happened.
  • When trouble strikes, who speaks for open source?

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 11:45 am

    For the record, I'm not terribly happy about the patent purchase agreement that's running in parallel to the Novell-Attachmate acquisition deal. The thought of 882 Novell patents getting sold to CPTN Holdings, LLC (a holding consortium made up of Apple, EMC, Microsoft, and Oracle America) does not sit well with me.
  • A Schizophrenic Look at Microsoft, Novell, and Patents

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 11:42 pm

    Microsoft's role in snapping up the 882 Novell patents for $450 million makes no difference in how Microsoft regards open source and how open source regards Microsoft. Not one bit of difference at all.
  • Oracle, SAP suit goes to jury with no one's dignity intact

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

    From Ellison's pre-trial rants to former SAP CEO Apotheker's runner to avoid subpoenas, Oracle/SAP trial showed the worst of internecine software wars.
  • How to keep employees from stealing intellectual property

    Posted September 27, 2010 - 10:45 am

    Your data is your business. And if you're not vigilant about your employees' access to that data, you're going to end up out of business. That's the advice of Patricia Titus, current CISO of Unisys and former CISO of the Transportation Security Administration.
  • Security Manager's Journal: Incident shows IP still at risk

    Posted August 9, 2010 - 2:22 pm

    It can take a bit of luck sometimes to find out about a security problem. A recent incident illustrates this and the need to do more to eliminate luck from the matter.
  • IT pros: Lurking legal gotchas and how to avoid them

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 10:34 am

    Ignorance and seemingly innocent activities can subject you to fines, lawsuits, and even jail. Here's how to play it safe.
  • How IRM works

    Posted April 26, 2010 - 4:52 pm

    Information rights management, sometimes known as digital rights management (DRM), has a growing customer base among industry sectors that need to share intellectual property in a secure fashion with outside entities.
  • Jury sides with Novell in long-running SCO battle

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 9:17 pm

    On Tuesday, a jury in Nevada sided with Novell in its long-running legal dispute with SCO.
  • Patent Skirmishes Shed Light on Apple-HTC Suit

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 2:45 pm

    Former Sun CEO has revealed some interesting anecdotes about intellectual property scuffles with Apple and Microsoft. Which may tell us what's going to happen next with Apple v. HTC.
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