Feeds

OSDL opens IP advice centre for Linux developers

Fight back against spurious legal action

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) is setting up a free legal centre to offer advice and legal help to Linux developers and users. OSDL aims to encourage Linux use in the enterprise, it is funded by various vendors including Alcatel, Ericsson, HP, IBM and Sun.

Backed by a $4m grant, the centre's first clients are the Free Software Foundation and Samba.

The Software Freedom Law Center will be run by Eben Moglen, professor of law at Columbia University. There will be two full-time attorneys, a chief technology officer and admin staff. The centre will not represent commercial Linux vendors. Moglen wants to raise $5m which will fund the centre for five years.

Other directors include Diane Peters, Lawrence Lessig (creator of the Creative Commons licence) and Daniel Weitzner.

The not-for-profit centre will offer more than defence against litigation. It will also advise how to avoid IP claims in the first place, licensing, legal consulting and lawyer training. It will also work on updating the GNU General Public License.

More here. ®

Related stories

Microsoft offshores patent war - so goes the WTO?
Use Linux and you will be sued, Ballmer tells governments
HP feared MS open source patent offensive

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows
Behold the Internet of Things. Wintel Things
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?
Start migrating now to avoid another XPocalypse – Gartner
You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference
The piss always taking is he. Bastard the.
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.