Issue No. 03 - May/June (2005 vol. 22)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2005.65
For open source developers and customers seeking advice as they navigate the complicated waters of intellectual-property law, more information is now available. Also, a few long-simmering worries for open source seem to be cooling. SCO?s chances of a lawsuit victory appear to be decreasing. IBM and Sun are sharing patents with the open source community, a move designed to spur innovation and offer protection. And a long-discussed, controversial software patent law in Europe has stalled.
software patents, open source, intellectual property
L. McLaughlin, "Inside the Software Patents Debate: Some Good News for Open Source Developers," in IEEE Software, vol. 22, no. , pp. 102-105, 2005.