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The Open Source Law Weekly Digest or OSWALD first launched late in 2002. Since then it has been regularly providing updates on all things open source related. The focus of this newsletter is on business, rather than technical developments in open source. Another strong component of the newsletter is IP news, as it is of interest to me and has an effect on open source.                                                                                                                                        
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Sad news to hear that Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, has died at the age of 64. Mr Hart was a crucial mover for openness and freedom in the world.
The UK seems to be considering having a royalty free requirement for the standards it will use. Also reports that Google has given some patents to HTC in order that HTC sue Apple with them. What goes around, comes around. Otherwise, many of the stories this week are consequential on stories from earlier weeks (such as the Motorola acquisition, Oracle/Google, Samsung Galaxy in the EU).
The OTF launch is in *Canberra* tomorrow (not Sydney):
Next week is the official launch of the Open Technology Foundation in Canberra: http://www.katelundy.com.au/2011/08/31/launching-the-open-technology-foundation-with-dr-terry-cutler/
Check my Posts on Authorization in AU: http://brendanscott.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/iinet-the-history-of-authorization-and-sanction-approve-countenance/
>From my blog: http://brendanscott.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/gov-2-0-open-source-wrongness/
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UK Government: Open Standards Must be RF, not FRAND http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2011/09/uk-government-open-standards-must-be-rf-not-frand/
The key issue here is whether open standards mean Restriction/Royalty-Free (RF), or Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND).
Michael Hart (1947 - 2011): Prophet of Abundance http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2011/09/michael-hart-1947---2011-prophet-of-abundance/index.htm
To give an idea of how visionary Hart was, it's worth bearing in mind that he began what turned into the free etext library Project Gutenberg in 1971 - fully 12 years before Richard Stallman began to formulate his equivalent ideas for free software.
Can Whitehall open up to open source? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14765545
The Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has vowed to create a level playing field for open source as part of a drive to cut costs.
Microsoft’s attack on Brazilian national sovereignty: Wikileaks, Microsoft, ODF and OpenXML http://homembit.com/2011/09/microsofts-attack-on-brazilian-national-sovereignty-wikileaks-microsoft-odf-and-openxml.html
Cablegate: 42 Percent of Argentine Firms Use Linux on at Least Some of Their Computers http://techrights.org/2011/09/09/argentina-gnu-linux/
VMware CEO: Facebook will also have to fight a patent war soon http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/vmware-ceo-facebook-will-also-have-to-fight-a-patent-war-soon/3258
German Court Upholds Injunction Against Galaxy Tab 10.1 http://www.osnews.com/story/25150/German_Court_Upholds_Injunction_Against_Galaxy_Tab_10_1
The German court in Duesseldorf has just ruled that the injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10. 1 will remain in effect, hereby contradicting the Dutch courts which threw out all of Apple's claims. This limited injunction only covers Germany, and is based on a Community Design; the rest of Europe is not affected.
Patents Directed to Human Organisms http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/
The provision was originally proposed by Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL) who was apparently motivated by his anti-abortion policy position. The apparent argument is that the statute helps preserve the sanctity of life by not allowing humans to be considered (intellectual) property.
Newspaper Chain Drops Righthaven — ‘It Was a Dumb Idea’ http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/09/medianews-righthaven-dumb-idea/
Fighting Backlog in Patents, Senate Approves Overhaul http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/business/senate-approves-overhaul-of-patent-system.html
MPAA's Bogus 'Piracy' Numbers Mean It Thinks Downloaders Would Buy 200 More DVDs Per Year http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110903/00070515801/mpaas-bogus-piracy-numbers-mean-it-thinks-downloaders-would-buy-200-more-dvds-per-year.shtml
Over the years we've had plenty of fun with the MPAA's bogus use of stats when it comes to "piracy" claims. They're really laughable, and it would actually be kind of funny. . . if policy makers and the press didn't actually believe those numbers and pass bad legislation based on them. Even the one time that the MPAA admitted its piracy stats were totally wrong, it was too late to stop a law that was passed on the basis of those bogus numbers.
Apple May Have to Show IPad Sales to Successfully Bar Samsung in Australia http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-06/apple-may-have-to-show-ipad-sales-to-successfully-bar-samsung-in-australia.html
Guest Post: Patent Troll Myths http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2011/09/guest-post-patent-troll-myths.html
Another area of surprise was patent quality. While trolls almost never won their cases if they went to judgment (only three cases led to an infringement finding on the merits), the percentage of patents invalidated on the merits was lower than I expected. A total of 43 patents had validity adjudicated on the merits. Only 4 were found completely valid.
BSA secret agenda: open source saves the world http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/mixed-signals-10000051/bsa-secret-agenda-open-source-saves-the-world-10024295/
The BSA also says that its survey shows that more than 70 percent of people agree with it about not being naughty, and blames the disparity on lack of education and enforcement. If we all knew it was wrong, and if we all got caught if we copied software, then that $59 billion would magically appear in the bank accounts of Microsoft et al, and the world would be a better place.
Righthaven: We Might Have To Declare Bankruptcy http://paidcontent.org/article/419-righthaven-we-might-have-to-declare-bankruptcy/
Google files motion for partial summary judgment as a matter of law on Oracle's patent claims http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/09/09/39677.htm
Google urged a federal judge to dismiss a patent-infringement case alleging that it copied Oracle's Java code, arguing that the code installed on Android devices came from foreign device makers.
Two Rambus patents invalidated after ITC wins http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/09/rambus-patents-idUSN1E7860P320110909
Two patents that chip designer Rambus (RMBS. O) used to win patent lawsuits against Nvidia Corp (NVDA. O), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ. N) and others have been declared invalid by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to legal documents.
10 Reasons Why iPhone 5 Doesn't Stand a Chance Against Motorola Droid Bionic http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/208282/20110904/apple-iphone-5-motorola-droid-bionic.htm
Some retail locations have received all the tools necessary to sell the much-anticipated Motorola Droid Bionic. With a surprise Verizon Korean-translated commercial showing an additional frame revealing a Sept. 8 release date, expect droid Bionic to be launched on Thursday.
NASA using Android in Space http://www.infoq.com/news/2011/09/android-in-space-nasa
For this reason, the group has equipped the three SPHERES on the ISS with Samsung's Android-based Nexus S handsets. Each SPHERE satellite comprises functionality for power, propulsion, computing, and navigation. Using an extension port the Android phones have been attached to the SPHERE in order to extend this functionality.
Droid Bionic goes under the knife, gets high marks for "repairability" http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/09/droid-bionic-goes-under-the-knife-gets-high-marks-for-repairability.ars
Samsung Galaxy Note http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote/note/index.html
"A new kind of smartphone".- Samsung
Smozzy Android app allows mobile web access without a data plan http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/smozzy-android-app-allows-mobile-web-access-without-a-data-plan-2011099/
Smozzy works by taking advantage of an unlimited messaging plan. To access the web you send a request for the webpage you want to visit via SMS to Smozzy. In return the Smozzy servers grab the webpage you have requested along with all the required assets. They are then placed in a ZIP file, encoded as a PNG, and delivered to your phone as an MMS. Each page can be up to 5 MMS messages long and gets presented in your Android web browser.
Raspberry Pi demos $25 PC running 1080p video, promises CD-quality audio http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/raspberry-pi-demos-25-pc-running-1080p-video-promises-cd-quality-audio-2011098/
Barnes & Noble's Nook revenue up 140 percent http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20099160-17/barnes-nobles-nook-revenue-up-140-percent/
The Nook and Nook Color have quickly gained the respect of consumers worldwide. The Nook Color, which costs $249, runs Android and offers an application store, in addition to e-book support. The Nook is an e-reader that costs $139.
Will Google Keep Motorola? http://fossforce.com/2011/09/will-google-keep-motorola/
We know this acquisition was made mainly because Google desperately needs to beef up its mobile patent portfolio, and that Motorola has several boatloads of such patents. This means if this sale can pass antitrust muster with the DOJ, Google will be in a much better position to wheel and deal with the likes of Apple, maybe even Oracle, when it comes to Android and alleged patent infringements.
Oracle suit outs Google's closed source Android tactics http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/07/internal_google_presentation_describes_closed_android_policies/
"Lead device concept: Give early access to the software to partners who build and distribute devices to our specification (i. e. , Motorola and Verizon)," it reads. "They get a non-contractual time to market advantage and in return they align to our standard. "
How to build a sustainable nonprofit the open source way http://opensource.com/education/11/9/how-build-sustainable-nonprofit-open-source-way
The nonprofit I work with, GIS Education, does not sell a product. We instead provide low-cost GIS workshops to students and professionals around the San Francisco area. This service provides much-needed income while still dovetailing with our greater mission of increasing local knowledge through public outreach and K-12 education.
HP's OpenStack Cloud Goes Into Private Beta http://www.serverwatch.com/server-news/hps-openstack-cloud-goes-into-private-beta.html
OpenStack is an open source cloud technology that got started just over a year ago. NASA and Rackspace the effort was launched initially, and it has since grown to more than 90 participating organizations including Dell, Citrix and Cisco.
Intel denies giving up on MeeGo, but that doesn't mean much http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2011/09/intel-denies-giving-up-on-meego-but-it-doesnt-mean-much.ars
The Linux-based MeeGo mobile operating system faces an uncertain future amid rumors that Intel plans to back away from the platform. The troubled open source software project has failed to gain broad industry support and appears to be slowing down in the face of weak demand and declining engagement from its backers.
Netflix now supports all Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices http://www.slashgear.com/netflix-now-supports-all-android-2-2-and-2-3-devices-09178564/
The update today will finally bring Netflix app support to almost all Android devices.
Google announces Dart programming language http://www.extremetech.com/computing/95417-google-announces-dart-programming-language
Google provides HTC ammo in Apple patent fight http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hkwamtz8UbUK0NSEXDWDlE5pJpSg?docId=CNG.8da7524161341a630734bbb6cf9ce6e4.3c1
Smartphone titan HTC Corp. on Thursday ramped up its patent war with Apple with the help of ammunition provided by Google, the force behind Android mobile software.
Expect Microsoft to sue Amazon over its upcoming tablet http://blogs.computerworld.com/18920/expect_microsoft_to_sue_amazon_over_its_upcoming_tablet
Amazon is pinning great hopes on its Android-based tablets, the first of which is due this fall. Expect Microsoft to set its lawyers loose on the company not long after the first tablet's release, because Microsoft has been suing most major makers of Android devices, and the Amazon tablet is expected to be a big seller.
Amazon rewarding Android developers with $50 towards AWS http://www.slashgear.com/amazon-rewarding-android-developers-with-50-towards-aws-07177726/
Looks like Amazon is really ramping up its Android efforts in preparation for a tablet launch by offering a new incentive to developers. Starting today, the online retailer will be giving a $50 voucher for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Android developers who submit an app to the Amazon Appstore.
Baidu Launches Android-Based Mobile OS http://www.penn-olson.com/2011/09/02/baidu-yi-mobile-os/
HP to split up WebOS business, report says http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20101402-64/hp-to-split-up-webos-business-report-says/
WebOS, which HP has not terminated, will be pushed over to HP's Office of Strategy and Technology (OS&T) and report to Executive Vice President Shane Robinson, the report claimed, citing internal memos from Robinson and Todd Bradley, head "The WebOS platform...continues to demonstrate its ability to improve how our customers look up information, access entertainment, and stay connected on the go," Bradley wrote in a memo cited in the PreCentral report. "With our focus on business and technology strategy, OS&T will be able to provide these teams with the resources and support they need as we define the best monetization model," Robinson said in a memo included in the report. - Brooke Crothers, CNET
Linux 3.1 rc5 http://www.linuxtoday.com/developer/2011090600241NWKN
No Android forks here http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/no-android-forks-here/9485
Linux should move to github, permanently http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/linux-should-move-to-github-permanently.html
Octopress: Create Static Sites with a Full-Featured Framework http://www.readwriteweb.com/hack/2011/09/octopress-create-static-sites.php
openSUSE celebrates Beta 1 with BetaPizza Parties! http://news.opensuse.org/2011/09/06/opensuse-celebrates-beta-1-with-pizzabeta-parties/
Diaspora still trying to reinvent social networks with open source http://news.techeye.net/internet/diaspora-still-trying-to-reinvent-social-networks-with-open-source
Bossie Awards 2011: The best open source software of the year http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=A26F4FDC-1A64-6A71-CE04C330704F3E19
Mozilla and the web makers http://commonspace.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/webmakers/
Linux Top 5: Kernel.org Hacked but Development Continues on Github http://www.linuxplanet.com/news/kernel.org-hacked-but-development-continues-on-github.html
The Great Linux Migration: who’s made the move, why, and what’s in store for the http://how-to.linuxcareer.com/the-great-linux-migration-whos-made-the-move-why-and-whats-in-store-for-the-future-growth-of-linux
Why the cloud is accelerating open-source adoption http://www.sdtimes.com/link/35882
Will Oracle and Google Come to terms on Java before JavaOne? http://blog.devx.com/2011/09/will-oracle-and-google-come-to.html
Oracle Expands MySQL for Windows http://www.databasejournal.com/news/oracle-mysql-for-windows.html
LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org drift apart http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/LibreOffice-and-OpenOffice-org-drift-apart-1338511.html
A Google Android and Java history lesson http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/a-google-android-and-java-history-lesson/9499
How Open is Oracle? http://www.datamation.com/blog/how-open-is-oracle.html
Bacon Justifies Ubuntu Decisions http://ostatic.com/blog/bacon-justifies-ubuntu-decisions
U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Lower Court Decision [SCO loses again] http://www.unxisco.com/2011/09/09/u-s-court-of-appeals-upholds-lower-court-decision/
Meeks: on Oracle's API copyright nonsense http://people.gnome.org/~michael/blog/
The Data Liberation Front Adds Google Voice to Google Takeout http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfTmpKmLRjM&feature=youtu.be
How Strong are Google’s Requests for Reexamination of the Lodsys Patents? http://www.whda.com/blog/2011/09/how-strong-are-google%E2%80%99s-requests-for-reexamination-of-the-lodsys-patents/
Google Prunes 10 More Products From Portfolio http://www.crn.com/news/cloud/231600793/google-prunes-10-more-products-from-portfolio.htm;jsessionid=xGlwhQasaf2QwfVnQO3b0Q**.ecappj01
Oracle retires licence for distributing its Java with Linux http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Oracle-retires-licence-for-distributing-its-Java-with-Linux-1332835.html
Sakai OAE Release 1.0.0 http://collab.sakaiproject.org/pipermail/announcements/2011-September/000414.html
What if Microsoft Opened the Interface Environment for Windows 8? http://ostatic.com/blog/what-if-microsoft-opened-the-interface-environment-for-windows-8
When will Java 7 'Officially' be Available? http://blog.devx.com/2011/09/when-will-java-7-officially-be.html
Shuttleworth: Amazon Web Services the cloud way to go http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/201659/shuttleworth-amazon-web-services-cloud-way-go
LibreOffice and OpenOffice reach the Crossroads – differ by 7.7 million new code lines http://www.unixmen.com/software/1898-libreoffice-and-openoffice-reach-the-crossroads-differ-by-77-million-new-code-lines
HP TouchPad screen can now support Android http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20102677-93/hp-touchpad-screen-can-now-support-android/
Former SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow to plead guilty to DOJ criminal charges http://www.itworld.com/software/201825/sap-plead-guilty-doj-criminal-charges
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