Editor’s note: Heather Meeker is a shareholder and chair of the IP/IT Licensing and Transactions Group in the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, and a leading authority on open-source software licensing.
Startups stand on the shoulders of giants, developing proprietary applications on top of a software landscape that heavily leverages open source components.
The “free” in Free Software refers to “freedom”, rather than cost. It is largely a happy coincidence that Free Software is available gratis. Copyleft licensing certainly helps, but there’s no overarching reason that Free-as-in-Freedom software need not cost anything.
Last year, as I was checking the licensing and attribution on the tracks in my soundtrack library for Lunatics, I came across a bizarre and rather disturbing practice: bait and switch licensing as a ploy to sell music.
Proprietary giant is licensing open source to its partners. What is going on? Over the past few weeks Microsoft has been licensing Linux to a number of its partners, most notably Amazon. Although the idea of Microsoft, a company steeped in proprietary software, licensing open source software is ludi ...
Summary: Patent troll Wi-LAN is expanding into “software and internet patent licensing”
THE patent bully/troll that sues and extorts companies like RIM and dozens of others proudly states that it will expand into Internet and software patent extortion (same old ideas applied digitally and/or over the Internet).