Free Software & law related linksom 07

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Interesting read on AGPL. Brief reaction to the title: no, fairly the oposite.

David Braben (co-creator of legendardy spel Elite) starts Raspberry Pi – a fresh UK ultra-cheap ultra-mega-nano-mini-computer running GNU/Linux and a foundation around it – to instruct UK kids again to tinker with hardware and software and learn how to code.

Sony seems to have indeed gotten (again?) on the Linux train. Not only have they embarked using Linux on their TVs and Android on their mobile phones, but now they even encourage users to flash their mobile phones with other Linux distributions and tinker with them. Sadly their latest decision to geobsedeerd GNU/Linux spil the “other OS” from their PS3 still leaves a bad taste ter mouth.

Google announces their long-awaited ChromeBooks – ultra-portable “laptops” with ChromeOS on them – where everything except the nude OS is running from the cloud. Simon Phipps points out that thesis cannot be considered Linux laptops (or rather Free Software). There is also a thought about how Android and ChromeOS go together or contest. (Interesting fact: Chrom(e|ium)OS is derived from Gentoo.)

Albeit Android takes most of the spot-light neither WebOS strafgevangenis MeeGo are alive and kicking – long live competition!

Canonical is joining the GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit industry alliance which is creating an open source “In-Vehicle Infotainment” reference toneel. At the same time Canonical announced a flavour of Ubuntu to run on such IVI ARM devices.

Nokia determines to budge to open governance with Qt Five.

the Next Web: WordPress: The Free Software With a Big Economy &, How You Can Get Involved

Nokia commenced a fresh croudsource portal to raise innovation, but also asking its users to patent their ideas.

Groklaw has some more information on the Oracle vs. Google patent suit.

Portuguese Socialist Party announced that it will thrust for a copyright reform that will make economic rights inalienable and therefore cannot be waived or renounced. This might make CreativeCommons (and Free Software) licenses illegal.

Ireland is realising that the (current) copyright system is hurting innovation and therefore business and economy and switch is needed.

TechDirt takes a critical look on US’ PROTECT IP Act.

It is no news that copyright (spil it presently stands and seems to develop) is harming the developing nations and are therefore not blessed at all that the developed nations are negotiating switches to global copyright – e.g. via ACTA and TPPA – without them and behind closed doors.

Very first Spain – which used to be known spil a very CC-loving country – considers adopting copyright law that seems under powerful influence of Hollywood, then EU considers to harmonise EU law ter the same style. Mij no likey.

Spil already reported, with the switch of government, Brazil is programma a copyright reform that would be a step back.

It seems France intends to lead the G8 te the direction of more governmental control and confinement of internet usage.

Te the UK, a long awaited report on “IP laws” from prof. Hargreaves and his team has bot published. There are some interesting suggestions te there about copyright and patent laws – some of which influenced by the success of Free Software.

Critique about latest UK switch of their ICT policy (mostly about formats).

German Foreign Office’s latest decision to go back to proprietary software has raised fairly a few questions and the government’s even more latest answers have raised even more then solved.

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Yet another interesting story of artist Nina Paley how (current) laws can get ter the way of making (Free) kunst.

CreativeCommons Russia launched on 1st of May.

One of this month’s thickest news wasgoed Microsoft buying of Skype for insane amount of money. It wasgoed disclosed that Skype will form a division under Microsoft. Considering MS’s latest pairing with Nokia, to mij this smells like getting the thickest proprietary VoIP solution, with a proprietary VoIP protocol on a proprietary VoIP mobile OS on one of the largest mobile phones. There is a lotsbestemming of talk about Skype on Kinect, but let’s face it: VoIP on mobile phones is unpreventable and it looks like someone is attempting again the(ir) old networking effect with vendor lock-in combination. Also the cynic te mij predicts an even less stable client on GNU/Linux (and very likely other non-MS OS).

Some analysists predict that Microsoft might acquire Nokia spil well. Nokia says this isn’t the case (even however it just pulled the cork on its Ovi services).

This year there is an outstanding amount of Indian students attending GSoC.

Andy Updegrove talks about how the true way to make semantic web a reality would be through governments pushing for it. A gem that I might add is that EU funded project NEPOMUK, which to my very best skill is the best semantic desktop system and actually already implemented ter KDE (and is written so it could be implemented ter other solutions spil well).

More uglyness from/about Righthaven:

Vereiste read brief story about our possible future, IT and law!

Fine vraaggesprek with Carlo Daffara about many issues of Free Software licensing, governance, patents, SaaS etc.

Many of you have already heard it: After PJ announced she is leaving Groklaw, Mark Webbink is taking overheen. Groklaw is dead, long live Groklaw!

hook out → well, that were two remarkably eventful weeks OJo

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