Legal Issues

SCO's Redacted Reply Memo in Support of Motion for Reconsideration

"We have SCO's Redacted Reply Memorandum in Support of Motion for Reconsideration or Clarification [PDF], and exhibits. A whole lot of rearguing going on, from what I see in a quick glance. They argue again that Novell isn't entitled to any royalties from UnixWare licenses that also license SVRX incidentally. And there is a change in the room for the trial starting September 17, from Judge Kimball's courtroom to Judge Dee Benson's, Room 246."

Judge Kimball Denies Two More SCO Motions

Judge Dale Kimball has now denied SCO's Motion to Strike Novell's Exhibits Not Previously Disclosed and SCO's sealed Motion to Exclude the Testimony of Terry Musika.

NetApp sues Sun over 7 patents

Network Appliance, the Sunnyvale maker of computer storage systems, is suing Sun Microsystems for allegedly infringing on seven patents and releasing them under an open-source license.

Open source court ruling impacts debated

A recent federal court ruling pertaining to open-source software in model railroads could derail enforcement of open-source licenses altogether, according to Mark Radcliffe, general counsel for the Open Source Initiative.

Linux Driver Copyright Violation

"After years of encouragement from the OpenBSD community for others to use Reyk Floeter's free atheros wireless driver, it seems that the Linux world is finally listening. Unfortunately, they seem to think that they can strip the BSD license right out of it."

Forced to Dump Linux for Windows

Sk0t, an ex-administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent tracker is to have his internet connection forcibly monitored by the US Government. If that wasn’t bad enough, the monitoring software is Windows based - which means he is being forced to ditch Linux - or face being barred from the internet.

How Model Train Software Will Have an Important Effect on Open Source Licensing

One of the frustrations of lawyers serving the open source industry is that they have few cases which interpret open source licenses. As Eben Moglen has pointed out, such cases are few because licensees need the license be in effect to avoid copyright infringement. However, with the increasing use of open source software, many lawyers believe that issues such as the scope of the license are likely to come before courts.

Open source license bars claim for copyright infringement

"Plaintiff Jacobsen wrote some decoder definition files and made them available under an open source license used by the Java Model Railroad Interface Project. This open source license granted broad rights to members of the general public to do certain things with the software, including..."