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Mark Webbink Archive

What’s Going On?
Europe’s Court of First Instance is about to render its decision in the case of The European Commission v. Microsoft. It’s gonna be a nail-biter.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
From contracts to code, an intellectual property attorney is essential.
The Law and the Linux Desktop
Can the Linux desktop succeed? Perhaps, but first it must hurdle a number of lofty legal obstacles.
Patents In Perspective
For more than four years, Microsoft has claimed that Linux infringes its patents. True or false? Here’s a clue: Have you ever seen the Boogeyman?
What Now?
The great minds of Europe are pondering new intellectual property legilsation. Be afraid! Be very afraid!
That’s Obvious!
A patent case pending before the United States Supreme Court could return (some) sanity back to the patent system.
I’m Just John Q. Public
You have to fight for your right to content.
On the Docket
How many lawyers does it take to write this month’s column? Just one very smart one. Here’s a summary of legislation, litigation, and intellectual agitation from around the globe.
The Open Invention Network
The Open Invention Network (OIN) is not just another patent consortia looking to make money or to cover a specified field of technology. OIN is a dynamic part of that growing concept — an open source patent commons.
How Do You Like Your Links?
Some of the thorniest concepts in the GNU General Public License (GPL) revolve around the engineering concept of linking. Here’s how and when the GPL applies to combinations of code.
Documenting Your Open Source Code
Some forethought, a clear statement of intent and practice, and a modicum of documentation can make contributors and benefactors more comfortable with donating and using open source code.
Lawyers and Code
Some forethought, a clear statement of intent and practice, and a modicum of documentation can make contributors and benefactors more comfortable with donating and using open source code.
Hitting a Nerve
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s decision to mandate OpenDocument has incurred the wrath of Microsoft’s hydra, the three-headed beast known as Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Won’t Redmond ever learn that hubris is not a sales strategy?
The Trouble with Software Patents
The defeat of the Computer-Implemented Inventions directive — the so-called “software patent” directive — by the European Parliament seems positive. But it doesn’t address the larger issues — and that could yet spell trouble for software makers.