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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

Open Source License Analyses by Students

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I guided a number of law students (from a number of Finnish universities) in doing open source license analyses in connection with their thesis project.

The work was done in Finnish and the collection of analyses was published in August.

This was a continuum to the collaboration between our law firm and the universities. Earlier (in 2006), I guided a similar project. The newer project added a focus on patent terms.

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September 5, 2009 at 9:42 pm

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Customer Collaboration as an Open Business Model

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I just published a blog on customer collaboration as a business model, at It is basically something I have started to see, after having worked with Validos for some time.

Working with Validos (and letting the idea sink, by time) has brought ideas to me on another collaboration possibilities and I’ve also been contacted by some, who have seen the strength in this type of collaboration. I expect to be able to discuss some other practical collaboration examples, besides Validos, before the end of the year.

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August 31, 2009 at 10:57 am

Presentation at Joensuun Valo 2009

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I was asked to give an overview on open source compliance at Joensuun Valo. The seminar was in Finnish, as was my presentation.

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May 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm