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Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:10:46 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2017

Open Source Stacks: Jumping the Shark or Poised for Dominance?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:34:15 -0500

(image) By any measure, the rise of open source software as an alternative to the old proprietary ways has been remarkable. Today, there are tens of millions of libraries hosted at GitHub alone, and the number of major projects is growing rapidly. As of this writing the Apache Software Foundation hosts over 300 projects

Supreme Court Curtails Patent Case "Forum Shopping"

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:17:58 -0500

(image) The Supreme Court issued an opinion today that restricts the ability of patent owners to choose the court in which they bring an infringement suit. The case is called TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Banks LLC, and the justices unanimously ruled in favor of the new restrictions.

Guest Post: This is France's Moment (Nora Updegrove)

Thu, 04 May 2017 12:51:51 -0500

(image) Several months ago, I called on France to learn from America’s mistakes. I told the French that it wasn’t too late to save themselves. They still had a chance to do what we could not – to vote a xenophobic, nationalist candidate out of the race and away from the presidency (though, in their case, Donald Trump is replaced by Marine Le Pen, leader of the far right party, le Front national). I warned them of the complacency felt by so many Amer...

Google Announces Android “PAX” Cross-License Program – But to What Purpose?

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:33:15 -0500

(image) On Monday, Google announced a new program intended to create an expanding umbrella of protection over its Android operating system and

Monday Witness: It's Time to Reconize a Civil Right Not to be Connected

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:49:10 -0500

(image) Along with death and taxes, two things appear inevitable. The first is that wireless connectivity will not only be built into everything we can imagine, but into everything we can't as well. The second is that those devices will have wholly inadequate security, if they have any security at all. Even with strong defenses, there is the likelihood that governmental agencies will gain covert access to IoT devices anyway.

What this says to...

Monday Witness: Bravo for the Enemies of the People

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:26:33 -0600

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Monday Witness: It's Not All About Us

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 16:00:25 -0600

The following views are mine alone, and should not be read to reflect the expressed views of my firm or any other partner

(image) The drama of President Trump’s ban on immigration played out on multiple levels this past week; legal, as multiple courts weighed in, culminating in one granting an injunction that put the ban temporarily on hold; politically, as protesters clogged city streets at home and abroad; and factually, as the slap-dash way in which the order was implemented became increasingly clear. And then, of course, there w...

Court Rules Standards Incorporated by Reference into Laws Need not be Free

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:38:45 -0600

(image) When standards developed by the private sector become laws, should anyone be able to download a copy for free? At first blush, the answer seems too obvious to debate. But yesterday, a U.S. district court held otherwise, saying that the developer of a standard that has been “incorporated by reference” (IBR) into a law continues to have the right to enforce its copyright. It also confirmed the right to charge a reasonable fee for an IBR standard.

The ruling (subject to appeal) is less surprising when it is reviewed in detail. The defendant is Public.Resourc...

Monday Witness: The Day Lady Liberty Hid her Face in Shame

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:02:00 -0600