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Institute for Legal Questions on Free and Open Source Software

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Code.gov: US-Regierung bündelt Software-Quellen

Von: Dennis G. Jansen, LL.M. (Berkeley)

Die US-Regierung stellt mit Code.gov eine neue Plattform für Quelltexte regierungseigener Software vor. Sortiert nach Institution und mit Angabe der Programmiersprache kann man beispielsweise Software der NASA für Missionskontrolle und Simulationen, aber auch 3D-Modelle herunterladen. » Weiter

Oracle v. Google IV - Nutzung der Java-API ist Fair Use

Von: Dennis G. Jansen, LL.M. (Berkeley)

 

Nachdem Oracle 2012 in erster Instanz unterlag2014 das Gericht zweiter Instanz das Urteil aufhob und der Supreme Court sich 2015 weigerte, diese Entscheidung zu prüfen, hat Oracle auch das erneute erstinstanzliche Verfahren gegen Google verloren. Die Jury entschied nun, dass durch die Implementierung von Teilen der Java-API in Android die Grenzen des Fair-Use-Grundsatzes nicht überschritten wurden. Oracle hat bereits angekündigt, das Urteil anzufechten.

Creative Commons license affirmed by US-Court

by Florian Idelberger

This August, (but published only recently) the District Court in Columbia had to decide  on the interpretation and proper use of the CC-BY-SA 2.0 license, a Creative Commons license that requires attribution and publications of derivative works under the same license. The court regarded the license as effective on all accounts, in particular on the question of proper attribution as well as what constitutes a derivative work. Due to its specifics this case can be enlightening for non-professional users. » Weiter

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Oracle v. Google

Author: Dennis G. Jansen, LL.M. (Berkeley)

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on June 29, 2015 Google's application to reverse the appellate court's decision in Oracle v. Google. The court has thus decided in accordance with the Solicitor General's non-binding recommendation. The parties are litigating about whether Google requires a license to distribute an API which is partially identical with Java's. The district court will now have to determine whether the use of parts of the API by Google in Android is covered by fair use or whether Oracle can expect to collect a substantial award in damages.

Versata saga settled with prejudice

By: Sylvia F. Jakob

After reaching the final stages, the Versata saga, a ray of hope for the judicial interpretation of certain GPL v. 2 provisions, has ultimately been settled outwith court.

Background

Versata Software Inc. prepared the ground for what may be regarded a set of landmark cases concerning the interpretation and consequences of the breach of certain GPL v. 2 conditions, when it sued Ameriprise Financial Services for allegedly violating a Master License Agreement (MLA) over the use of Versata´s Distribution Channel Management software (DCM). On Versata´s account Ameriprise had allowed third party contractors to use their access to the DCM software to create a competitive product.

The parties pit their strength against each other in what has become known as: » Weiter

Oracle v. Google - Google applies to Supreme Court

Author: Dipl.-Jur. Dennis G. Jansen, LL.M. (Berkeley)

In the lawsuit of Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc., Google last Monday applied to the Supreme Court for a review of the case.  » Weiter

XimpleWare v. Versata et al.: GPLv2-bezogene patentrechtliche Fragen

Gastbeitrag von: Dr. Ruta Lazauskaite

Wir berichteten schon über den Fall Versata v. Ameriprise, der die Möglichkeit von Drittbegünstigten zum Gegenstand hat,  Copyleft-Verpflichtungen vor US-Gerichten durchzusetzen. Im Nachgang gab dieser Fall den Anlass für weitere Rechtsstreitigkeiten, in denen beide Prozessparteien verklagt wurden. » Weiter

Google v. Oracle II - Java API Protected by Copyright

Author: Dipl-Jur. Dennis G. Jansen, LL.M. (Berkeley)

In Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held the relevant Java API is protected by copyright. The court decided that Oracle can rely on copyright protection in the structure, sequence of organization of the API packages which belong to Java. It has overturned the district court’s decision that the purely declaring Java source (i.e. the API itself) is not protected by copyright under the merger and short phrases doctrines. » Weiter

The Versata case: Third party beneficiary able to bring infringement claim of copyleft obligation in state court

Author: Sylvia F. Jakob

In Versata  the  court held  that a claim of a third party beneficiary, who wished to compel a software producer to license derivative works of  GPL software under the GPL, was not preempted by the Copyright Act.

Background » Weiter

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