a crazy world where technological patent often generate more benefits than the traditional sale of a product or service, what protects the ecosystem of Linux, Open Source, of becoming a victim frivolous lawsuits
Among other things, the Open Invention Network (OIN), shielded under which this week the popular storage service and sync files in the cloud, Dropbox. The latest in a long list.
To summarize what the role of the ISO, we could qualify as “SGAE Linux” … with notable differences: while this is an organization dedicated to protecting the intellectual property -related patents Linux , it does precisely to prevent abuse of others.
In fact, the OIN born for abuse, which began in 2005 in the SCO lawsuit against IBM, Red Hat and SUSE Linux, and not completed until 2010, after repeated defeats of the plaintiff, a patent troll book This past summer, attention, back to life, but has been silent since.
Thus, the OIN has accumulated significant patent portfolio and creating an umbrella under which many of the major technological world are protected. From the above IBM, Red Hat and SUSE, Google, Oracle, Sony, Canonical, Twitter … These companies and many others are also those that finance the OIN, meanwhile, has more tentacles.
may be more interesting to the free software developer and even the user is seeking information Linux Defenders, co-sponsored with the Software Freedom Law Center and the Linux Foundation. It is a free program advice on property Intellectual that has protection tools available to the Linux community and Open Source.
between Linux Defenders tools obviously are patents of OIN, which today protect 2,173 free software development very different level: OpenStack, MongoDB, Ruby, Python …, more than 600 companies worldwide
and tedious as it is, this technological patents can not be taken lightly, even in the transparent world of free software. This has been understood as Debian Project , which announced almost two years since the implementation of a policy to own patents which protect its community of developers and users ago.
So why patents and Open Source are supported by force? Because if you do not use the same weapons as the enemy, although the use of other form, are doomed to failure. The shapes of the OIN are also purely defensive , directed usually to defend both small projects or startups receiving investments, such as small companies that are not about to make the jump to … bag and receive investments, and the wolves smell money a mile away.
No wonder, then, the Open Source community has shielded before the attack gritty patent trolls, after which there is usually some materialized intellectual property, with exceptions with different tools, beginning with continuing licenses and patents, although the situation is far from perfect.
2011 technology patents lawsuits striped madness was said that with the money spent that year in lawsuits, Barack Obama could have funded the entire health plan for America … and no kidding, the situation today does not seem to have changed too much (yes, sometimes patent trolls are companies with products much success).
In summary, the game are those that are and the world of Open Source, which is also the Company, the assimilated in the only way possible, of survival.