Bill Gates was recently quoted as saying, "You know what my toughest competitor is? It's pirated software.... If you really look around, you'll find way more pirated Windows than you'll find open-source software. Way more." ...
There is a classic scene in the movie "Casablanca" where Claude Raines attempts to close down Rick's Cafe. When Humphrey Bogart demands to know why, Raines says, "I'm shocked! Shocked to think that gambling is going on in this establishment!" Meanwhile, the casino employee walks up and hands him his winnings ...
Everyone is talking about open source, even presenters at BIO 2004, the international biotechnology conference recently held in San Francisco. As the argument goes, if open-source software can be developed in centralized communities of interested parties less expensively than proprietary software, can a decentralized community of interested parties also develop less expensive drugs?...
Sun recently announced it would open-source its Solaris operating system. While declining to get specific about timetables and the type of open-source license the company plans to use, John Loiacono, executive vice president of Sun's software group, promised that Sun will "be very aggressive and progressive in our approach." For now, all we can do is speculate...
"Perhaps SCO thinks that if they stall for long enough, someone will pay them some money," Phil Albert, a partner with San Francisco firm Townsend and Townsend, told LinuxInsider Albert said that, at the very least, the court will ask SCO to fill in some gaps during the discov...
Next time you open a fortune cookie, consider making it more entertaining. Read the fortune aloud and follow it with the words "in bed." It completely changes the meaning and adds some after-dinner fun ...
The tension in the room is as thick as quicksand. The smoke gets heavier by the hour, and with each poker hand, the players wonder how long they can hold out. Who will hold? Who will fold? Who is just bluffing? One by one, they drop. The ongoing legal wrangling between SCO, IBM, Novell, AutoZone, DaimlerChrysler, Red Hat and parties-to-be-named-later has much in common with a poker game...
Most of us are afraid of getting infected with a virus, whether it comes from a common cold or an attachment in our e-mail. Are open-source licenses viral in nature? Can they infect downstream users? The question is the subject of considerable debate. ...
If I write a novel about a boy wizard attending a wizarding school, and I never read or heard about someone else's copyrighted novel about a boy wizard attending a wizarding school, does my novel infringe on the copyright of that other novel? Not if I can prove that somehow I missed the Harry Potter books and movies ...
What is the safest advice an intellectual property attorney can give clients concerned about potential litigation? "Do absolutely nothing." ...
As for the suits against AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler, software legal expert and Townsend and Townsend and Crew partner Phil Albert told LinuxInsider that SCO stands little to gain from the suits but had to make good on its threats to bring them "It's a different kind of case,...
Phil Albert, a software legal expert and partner with Townsend and Townsend and Crew in San Francisco, told LinuxInsider that for its part, SCO likely is working to add in as many factors as possible to maintain a degree of uncertainty about the dispute Albert said the subpoen...
Phil Albert, a software legal expert and partner with Townsend and Townsend and Crew, called SCO's unconstitutional claims "weird," telling TechNewsWorld that it will be tough for SCO to argue that the GPL is not valid Consistent with the Free Software Foundation's contentions...
One of SCO's biggest burdens is to prove that IBM or anyone else using Linux has copied directly from SCO's Unix code -- as opposed to reproducing software functionality, which is an acceptable practice, software legal expert Phil Albert told TechNewsWorld Albert, a partner wi...