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A Description on GPL Reciprocity in Finnish

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IPRinfo published my article earlier this year on GPL reciprocity in Finnish.

IPRinfo is a magazine published by IPR University Center –  a department for IPR studies of a number of Finnish universities.

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July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm

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IFOSS L R issue 3 published

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Ok: the third issue of IFOSS L R is now public. There are a number of interesting articles and writings:

1. Again, Andrew Katz writes a very pleasant to read book review. And this time, I need to get the book, too.

2. Andrew Sinclair writes a short article on BSD-license, tying the loose ends up. And I agree to the community view on BSD licenses permissions on modifying, reproducing and even sublicensing: it is there and Andrew just made it an IFOSSLR tad stronger.

Although there is a clear consensus that reproducing a work is permitted under BSD licenses, I have also been thinking that in the language of the BSD, “distribution” of software could be considered to include reproduction and distribution.

There is an interesting thread on GPL-compatibility, although Andrew could perhaps write a couple of paragraphs more on this.

3. Then there is my and Mikko-Pekka Partanen’s article on practical FOSS package compliance. I’m excited about the article and our work with Validos. I hope the article serves its purpose: takes a step towards a consensus on practical compliance conclusions. It was really an effort to get it finished in time for the publication, but we did it; and not least thanks to quick peer reviewers.

Then there is a number of other writings articles, but I haven’t had the time to read them yet…

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June 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm

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Paris “GPL” case in IFOSSLR

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The second issue of IFOSSLR was published yesterday.

Due to my blog on the Paris GPL case, I was actually asked to write a case law report to IFOSSLR. It was also published now.

I had the chance to read in advance Richard Kemp’s article Towards Free/Libre Open Source Software (“FLOSS”) Governance in the Organisation and heartily recommend it due to its building block approach and many examples.

I also just finished reading Andrew Katz’ book review on Law and the Internet and it surely was professional, but it was also entertaining!

Glad to see the publication flourishg: I and Mikko-Pekka Partanen are proposing a new article on open source compliance and the practical legal conclusions used in reviewing packages and source code and their license compliance. This is based on our work with Validos and has also a purpose to make public (and therefore subject to criticism and improvement) the compliance methodology used by Validos.

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January 29, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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Customer Collaboration Talk at Openmind

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My talk on customer collaboration as an open business model at Openmind on 1st October 2009 was posted (in good time) at the site www.openmind.fi/programme.

My slides in English.

It was a great event, a lot of people from abroad and Finland. Ebox (Ignacio Correas), eCars.now (Henry Palonen), Tampere city (Teppo Sulonen) and Maemo Community, N900 (Quim Gil) are the ones I remember best. I sadly missed Peter Chengs presentation.

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November 9, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Presenting Validos at Openworldforum, Fossbazaar conference

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I presented Validos view to collaborative open source compliance at Fossbazaar conference, an event under Openworldforum, 2 Oct 2009.

All slides are posted on Fossbazaar. My presentation – Validos view on Open Source Compliance –  is there too. Mike Mahemoff took some photos of the session, one of which shows a glimpse of the Validos database summary. He also made a fuller report of the Fossbazaar session.

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October 10, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Recent Court Decision in Paris (referred as Paris GPL case)

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Last week many internet news sources noted a decision by the Appeal Court of Paris (Arstechnica, FSF France). The news was largely around “an important case on GPL license enforceability”. I learnt that it might not be so and decided to look at the decision (Cour d’Appel de Paris, Pôle 5, Chambre 10, no: 294, issued on 16 Septmeber 2009). I do not know any other details of the case, nor have I looked at anything else than the 8 page long decision.

It’s a contract dispute regarding an IT-project. EDU 4 had won a contract (in 2000) and agreed to deliver a software (solution) to AFPA. In a series of many turns the parties presented their latest claims to the appeal court in April 2009. Basically EDU 4 claimed not to have breached  the it-project contract and to be entitled to all payments and AFPA claimed breach of contract and that the vendor was not entitled to any more payments and that early termination of the contract was justified. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm

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Collaboration of Customers: Vendor and Purchaser Perspectives

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I referred earlier to my article at Fossbazaar on collaboration of customers as an open business model.

It is actually pretty much the vendor view taken into account the benefits for the client (or purchaser). But you might be interested to look at what Kartik Subbarao wrote on interdependent it systems. Kartik’s view is actually that of a purchaser of an it system. Kartik also adds some steps of personal learning to understanding openness.

I find these two to be the two sides of the same coin. Vendor and purchaser perspectives on collaboration. A vendor that adopts and encourages customer collaboration would suit really well to the purchaser described by Kartik.

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September 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm