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Jay Maynard (54798) writes "IBM has broken the pledge it made in 2005 not to assert 500 patents against open source software. In a letter sent to Roger Bowler, president of TurboHercules SA, IBM's Mark Anzani, head of their mainframe business, claimed that the Hercules open-source emulator (disclaimer: I manage the open source project) infringes on at least 106 issued patents and 67 more applied for. Included in that list is two that it pledged not to assert in 2005. In a blog entry, the NoSoftwarePatents campaign's Florian Mueller said that "IBM is using patent warfare in order to protect its highly lucrative mainframe monopoly against Free and Open Source Software." I have to agree: from where I sit, IBM likes Open Source only as long as they don't have to compete with it." Link to Original Source top
Jay Maynard (54798) writes "The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that video game critic National Institute on Family and the Media is closing its doors on December 31. The institution, best known for criticizing video game violence, blames the economy for its demise, and hopes others will pick up its work." Link to Original Source top
Jay Maynard writes "Falling gas prices have left more money in everyone's pocket. They'll do something else: Because the price of gas has fallen below $2.79 a gallon in the Twin Cities, CodeWeavers will give away their software tomorrow. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has the scoop: "When CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White saw that gas was $2.79 a gallon during a recent fill-up, "I screamed, 'Woohoo!' Then I yelled, 'Oh, crap!' as I realized every American can now have my software for free — kind of upsets my fourth-quarter revenue projections," he said."" Link to Original Source top
Jay Maynard writes "The judge in Capitol Records v. Thomassaid today he's thinking about granting a new trial because he may have committed a "manifest error of law" in his jury instructions. He says that his instruction that simply uploading music to a P2P network without any proof that anyone actually downloaded it may conflict with a case in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals that said "infringement of [the distribution right] requires an actual dissemination''. Briefs are due by May 29, with oral argument July 1. The judge invited friend of the court briefs by May 29, as well." Link to Original Source