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If an algorithm draws lines on a map, is that the same as land surveying? | Ars Technica
Their computer program reads boundary descriptions and draws them on a map. Mississippi is suing them for practicing surveying without a license.
law  freespeech  licensing  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
july 2018 by mcherm
When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work - NYTimes.com
19 states will revoke your professional license if you fall behind on student loans. One state revoke your driver's license. Remember, one fourth of all jobs require a professional license.
nytimes  via:reddit  law  studentdebt  licensing 
november 2017 by mcherm
A license to use software for evil
The license says "this software should be used for good, not evil". IBM asked for and got an exemption.
DouglasCrockford  licensing  law  contractlaw  IBM  opensource 
january 2013 by mcherm
delusions of grandeur: Selling Open Source
A license (not yet approved open source, but quite reasonable) which permits essentially everything except selling the same app in Apple's AppStore for less money.
licensing  opensource  via:HackerNews 
september 2010 by mcherm
Why WordPress Themes are Derivative of WordPress « Mark on WordPress
WordPress themes are code, and they run together in the same process as WordPress, so they get infected with the GPL. Some theme developers disagree; this article lays out the reasoning to show that they are wrong.
GPL  licensing  plugins 
july 2010 by mcherm
GPL Enforcement in Apple's App Store — Free Software Foundation
Do the license terms for Apple's AppStore introduce additional restrictions forbidden by the GPL so that distributing GPL software via the AppStore violates the license?
law  contractlaw  shrinkwrap  licensing  copyright  ip-law  GPL  apple  appstore  via:HackerNews 
may 2010 by mcherm
On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL - Free Software Foundation
Even RMS agrees that it's OK to release something under the GPL and also sell licenses to use it without restrictions
RichardStallman  GPL  licensing 
january 2010 by mcherm
Open Letter to Sun Microsystems - JCK - The Apache Software Foundation
Apache gripes that Sun isn't allowing them to create a version of J2EE because they're not allowing Apache to take the compatibility test.
java  apache  sun  licensing  opensource  ip-law 
december 2009 by mcherm
AP Will Sell You A License To Words It Has No Right To Sell | Techdirt
The AP is offering licenses to quote excerpts from their articles. Rates of $12 and up for 5 or more words. Of course, fair use probably allows it, and the AP's system has no subtlety (like it charges people for their own words quoted by the AP).
journalism  copyright  copyrightabuse  licensing  ip-law  law  via:slashdot 
august 2009 by mcherm
Microsoft's Linux Kernel Code Drop Result of GPL Violation
Microsoft found themselves in violation of the GPL so they released some code. Hey... this is exactly what the GPL is intended for!
licensing  GPL  Microsoft  via:HackerNews 
july 2009 by mcherm
YouTube - "I Agreed to WHAT?!" Re-envisioning License Agreements and Privacy Statements
The results of a some actual research into how to present a legal agreement (in the context of something you click through when installing an application) and get users to actually READ it.
law  marketing  contractlaw  communication  licensing  shrinkwrap 
july 2009 by mcherm
Why I (A/L)GPL
Someone's passionate argument about why he prefers to use the GPL instead of a more liberal license. The biggest reason seems to be that he feels he got cheated: he wrote something which became an important part of Ruby on Rails' success, but he never got any credit.
licensing  GPL  opensource  via:HackerNews 
july 2009 by mcherm
Twenty questions about the GPL
A list of 20 simple cases asking how the GPL applies. And they're NOT easy. In fact, I expect competent lawyers would argue over them. I think the point is that the GPL is *not* simple. I am fairly certain I could answer all of these for a "BSD-style" license.
law  ip-law  copyright  GPL  licensing  opensource 
july 2009 by mcherm
From Microsoft: C# and CLI under the Community Promise - Miguel de Icaza
Microsoft promises not to sue people for using Mono. At least certain parts of it. For the other parts, they just aren't saying. Personally, I think this is better than nothing, but not much better.
Microsoft  patent  mono  licensing  opensource  via:reddit 
july 2009 by mcherm
dotCOMmie's Blog
Eric S Raymond says that "the time for the GPL has passed" -- we no longer need penalties for failing to share because market forces will suffice. I'm not sure I agree, but it's interesting that he says so.
via:OSNews  opensource  GPL  licensing  EricSRaymond 
march 2009 by mcherm
Google Open Source Blog: Standing Against License Proliferation
Google's open source code hosting restricts what licenses can be used. This is done intentionally, in an attempt to fight license proliferation. And it has been successful: there are now only two-and-a-half valid choices: GPL2 (or GPL3) or Apache.
apache  bsd  opensource  GPL  programming  licensing  google 
august 2008 by mcherm
Why licenses don’t matter (and why they do) « Sententia cdsmithus
Interesting thesis: licenses don't matter. Programmers like logical systems so they believe in licenses, but in reality social pressures and having lawyers matters more. So you have to worry more about the motivations of people and less about the words of
licensing  opensource  law  ip-law  GPL  software 
july 2008 by mcherm
Court smacks Autodesk, affirms right to sell used software
Is software sold? Can the "license" prevent resale of used software? This court held that the first sale doctrine applied, but the story is far from over.
law  ip-law  shrinkwrap  licensing 
may 2008 by mcherm
Ian Bicking: a blog :: The GPL and Principles
An interesting thought: if you're NOT going to use the GPL (using BSD-style instead) then perhaps you should have a mission statement about openness. The GPL comes with mission statement built-in.
GPL  licensing  opensource  programming 
may 2008 by mcherm
D&D going from open to closed-source.
Interesting. The owners of D&D (with it's innovative "open gaming license" allowing derivative works in a GPL-like fashion) will release a new version that prohibits use of the old license. What if Microsoft did this to fight the GPL?
D&D  gaming  opensource  GPL  evil  law  licensing  ip-law  via:boingboing  blogworthy 
april 2008 by mcherm

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