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2013: Top Ten FOSS Legal Developments

The year 2013 was continued the trend of the increasing importance of legal issues for the FOSS community. FOSS projects continues to increase from 900,000 in 2012 to 1,000,000 in 2013 according to Black Duck Software. Continuing the tradition of looking back over top ten legal developments in FOSS, my selection of the top ten issues for 2013 are as follows: 1. Android Patent Litigation. The litigation surrounding the Android operating system has continued around the world but a new front has opened in a suit recently filed by the Rockstar Consortium against Google, Samsung, ZTE, Pantec, Asus, LG Electronics, HTC and Huawei . The Rockstar Consortium consists of Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony . Unlike the litigation between Apple Computer and Samsung, this lawsuit goes after basic features of Android and could have a much broader impact on the Android market. The litigation between Apple Computer, Inc. and Samsung continues with cases pending throughout the world. As I mentioned in last year’s blog, a decision in Silicon Valley awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages for Samsung’s violation of its patents. The judge reduced the damages, but the parties were granted new trial and the jury in...

Nick Woodman, GoPro & the Value of Ignorance for Startups

Nick Woodman, the founder of GoPro, gave a great keynote about the value of “ignorance” for startups. He made the point during a keynote at the recent NVCA lunch in Silicon Valley (we hosted the NVCA Board meeting at our office). He said that GoPro benefited from ignorance twice: 1. He started the company to provide motion capture for the surfing market (he wanted to capture his own surfing experiences) without realizing the small size of the surfing market. However, based on his experience at a car racing school, he recognized that he would be able to expand the market for GoPro cameras to other sports. He moved the camera from his...

コンピューティングの未来をつくる力強いコンビネーション: FOSS とクラウド

The Open Source Summit in Hong Kong last week demonstrates the power of the open source methodology and the OpenStack community. The Summit was the first summit outside of the United States and attracted over 3,000 attendees from over 50 countries (significantly more than the Summit in Portland). OpenStack has grown dramatically with over 12,000 individual members in over 130 countries. The software has been deployed in over 200 cities. The keynotes...


雲の上のサイクリング: ベスト バディーズ 2013

The 2013 Best Buddies ride was great this year: cool with beautiful clouds along the route. In fact, for miles of the race, we seemed to be riding on a sea of clouds (see picture) I was also joined in the 100K race by two of my DLA partners from Australia (they even brought their own bikes). We had other DLA lawyers riding in the other distances. After the ride, the party at the Hearst estate was inspiring and fun. The party included several Best...


GitHub: FOSS 管理における新たなクリティカルイシュー

The management of FOSS continues to evolve. Many companies have focused on managing their internal resources and repositories. However the rise of GitHub and other online repositories increases the complexity of this management. Samsung recently had this experience native Linux driver for Microsoft’s exFAT file-system which was accidently posted on GitHub. Samsung has corrected the problem and released the code under GPLv2. Ibrahim Haddad of Samsung made a wise strategic choice to work with the Software Conservancy’s GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers to ensure that they maintained good relations with the community. The Software Conversancy stated that “the Conservancy worked collaboratively with Ibrahim Haddad, the...

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