Posts Tagged ‘licensing’

Bruce Perens To Answer Your Questions

October 15th, 2012 10:25 admin View Comments

Open Source

In the summer of 1999, Bruce Perens became our very first interview subject, answering questions about open source licensing. 15 years later, Bruce is still one of the most influential programmers and advocates in the open source community. He’s graciously agreed to answer all your questions about the state of things and what’s changed in those 15 years. As with previous interviews, we’ll send the best questions to Mr. Perens, and post his answers in a day or two. Ask as many questions as you’d like, but please keep them to one per post.

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Technicolor Takes Aim At Apple, Samsung, Others for Patent Infringement

May 30th, 2012 05:50 admin View Comments


Master Moose sends this quote from a Bloomberg report: “When Apple’s next iPhone hits store shelves, Technicolor’s engineers will rush to get the handset — not to make calls or play games, but to rip it apart. Technicolor, an unprofitable French company that invented the process for color movies used in The Wizard of Oz and countless other classics, plans to cash in on its 40,000 video, audio and optics patents to turn its fortunes around. The company has a team of 220 people dissecting every new smartphone and tablet from industry goliaths such as Apple, Samsung Electronics and HTC for patent infringements. Although Technicolor signed its first licensing deal in the 1950s, de Russe [executive vice-president of intellectual property at Technicolor] said, ‘it feels like the rest of the world has just woken up to why patents are interesting.’ Patent licensing is the most profitable business of the company.”

Source: Technicolor Takes Aim At Apple, Samsung, Others for Patent Infringement

CEO of TuCloud Dares Microsoft To Sue His New Company

March 20th, 2012 03:10 admin View Comments


Fluffeh writes “Word from Ars Technica is that OnLive, a service provided that seems to totally flout Microsoft licensing and offers iPad users a Microsoft Desktop for free (or a beefier one for $5) isn’t being sued by Microsoft as this blog quotes: ‘We are actively engaged with OnLive with the hope of bringing them into a properly licensed scenario.’ The people who are angry include Guise Bule, CEO of tuCloud. He accuses Microsoft of playing favorites with OnLive — whose CEO is a former Microsoft executive — while regularly auditing license compliance for companies like tuCloud that provide legitimate virtual desktop services. Bule is so mad that he says he is forming an entirely new company called DesktopsOnDemand to provide a service identical to OnLive’s, complete with licensing violations, and dare Microsoft to take him to court. Bule hopes to force Microsoft into lifting restrictions on virtual desktop licensing that he says inhibit growth in the virtual desktop industry, and seem to apply to everyone except OnLive.” One of the restrictions applied to licensed remote desktop providers is that each user must have his own dedicated machine (pretty onerous in the days of 16+ core servers costing a mere grand or two).

Source: CEO of TuCloud Dares Microsoft To Sue His New Company

Apple Clarifies iBooks Author Licensing

February 3rd, 2012 02:59 admin View Comments


bonch writes “After drawing criticism over iBooks Author’s licensing language, Apple has modified it in a software update to make clear that Apple is claiming rights to the .ibook format itself and not the content therein: ‘[The license restriction] does not apply to the content of such works when distributed in a form that does not include files in the .ibooks format.’ In other words, the content may be sold on competing book stores as long as it is not packaged using iBooks Author.”

Source: Apple Clarifies iBooks Author Licensing

LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

January 12th, 2012 01:38 admin View Comments


PerlJedi writes “InformationWeek reports that LG is the latest in a string of companies who have been bullied into paying ‘license fees’ to Microsoft for the use of Android on their products. ‘Microsoft said the deal with LG means that 70% of Android-based smartphones sold in the U.S. are now covered by its licensing program. … Microsoft does not disclose how much revenue it’s obtaining from Android, Chrome, and Linux licenses, but some analysts believe it may be substantial, to the point where the company is making significant profits from the mobile revolution even though its own offering, Windows Phone, commands a market share of less than 2%, according to Gartner.’”

Source: LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

Oracle’s Latest Java Moves Draw Industry Ire

January 10th, 2012 01:03 admin View Comments


snydeq writes “Two years later, Oracle’s stewardship of Java continues to raise user and vendor ire, this time due to modularization, licensing, and security concerns. ‘Plans for version 8 of Java Platform Standard Edition, which is due next year, call for inclusion of Project Jigsaw to add modular capabilities to Java. But some organizations are concerned with how Oracle’s plans might conflict with the OSGi module system already geared to Java. In the licensing arena, Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu Linux, says Oracle is no longer letting Linux distributors redistribute Oracle’s own commercial Java, causing difficulties for the company. Meanwhile, security vendor F-Secure views Java as security hindrance.’”

Source: Oracle’s Latest Java Moves Draw Industry Ire

Andrew Tanenbaum On Minix, Linux, BSD, and Licensing

November 20th, 2011 11:30 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

An anonymous reader points out an interesting, detailed interview with Andrew Tanenbaum at; Tanenbaum holds forth on the current state of MINIX, licensing decisions, and the real reason he believes that Linux caught on just when he “thought BSD was going to take over the world.” (“I think Linux succeeded against BSD, which was a stable mature system at the time simply because BSDI got stuck in a lawsuit and was effectively stopped for several years.”)

Source: Andrew Tanenbaum On Minix, Linux, BSD, and Licensing

Motorola To Collect Royalties For Android

August 13th, 2011 08:24 admin View Comments


tlhIngan writes “It looks like Motorola wants to join in on the Android patent licensing fun enjoyed by Microsoft and others. (Yes, the same Motorola that makes Android phones.) Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has stated they plan to collect licensing royalties from other Android manufacturers. Given Motorola’s involvement in the mobile industry, they certainly do have the portfolio to go with it. It’s interesting times ahead for Android.”

Source: Motorola To Collect Royalties For Android

After Complaints, VMware Revises VSphere 5 Licensing

August 6th, 2011 08:59 admin View Comments


msmoriarty writes “Three weeks after IT shops began complaining loudly that the licensing changes with vSphere 5 would cost them significantly more, VMware has revised the requirements (although not as much as some users would like).”

Source: After Complaints, VMware Revises VSphere 5 Licensing

Onkyo Latest To Pay Microsoft Royalties Over Android Tablets

June 30th, 2011 06:18 admin View Comments

Microsoft is on a roll. Onkyo is the latest company to trade Android tablet royalties for access to Microsoft’s patent licensing program. The details of the agreement wasn’t released. This makes Onkyo the third company this week that has signed such an agreement. Velocity Micro and General Dynamic’s Itronix brand joined the club just days ago.

“We are pleased that Onkyo has taken advantage of our patent licensing program for Android devices and has signed this agreement,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “This agreement and similar agreements recently announced evidence the momentum and success of our licensing program.”

Back in 2010 HTC became the first Android maker to sign on the dotted lined and has since been handing over royalities to Microsoft. It was reported that the deal might have HTC paying Microsoft $5 per handset sold. This is a major part of why Microsoft is making more money from Android that its own Windows Phone 7.

Other Android makers didn’t roll over so easily, though. Motorola and B&N are both fighting Microsoft regarding patents over their headlining products of the Droid 2, Droid X, and the Nook Color. But the pressure is likely mounting on those fighting as Microsoft gets more and more companies to fold.

Source: Onkyo Latest To Pay Microsoft Royalties Over Android Tablets