GitHub’s Balanced Employee Intellectual Property agreement (BEIPA) is an attempt to strike a new balance to assign developers more rights on their intellectual creation outside of work. By making it an open source project, GitHub also hopes to make it reusable and open to outside contributions.
Strange Loop 2016 recap, highlighting Amie Stepanoich's keynote on Safeguards against Government Hacking, Simon Ritter on Clojure Spec, and Simon Ritter discussing Jigsaw with JDK 9.
The court appearance between Apple and the FBI, originally scheduled for later today, has been postponed a week until after Easter, following a request from the FBI to defer.
In a recent blog post Henn Idan raised an issue that using Oracle Java in containers could be violating the Oracle licensing agreements. Is this an issue, or is it something that developers should be concerned about? InfoQ investigates.
The Scrum Alliance has announced that it is withdrawing the trademark filing for the term "Scrum User Group".
In 2009 the Scrum Alliance registered a trademark application to register the term "Scrum User Group" as a protected trademark. Ken Schwaber, one of the original founders of the Scrum Alliance, has written a blog in which he objects strenuously to this move, and has asked for the community to respond to the move, with the possibility of filing an expensive legal challenge.
An interview with Rob Howe, host of the MDSE session at the software engineering conference and CEO of Verum, about the state of practice and recent developments in model driven software engineering, the usage of this technology, whether he considers model driven software engineering to be a proven mature technology, and what the future will bring us in model driven software engineering.
Google has sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91B, and keeps most of the patents in their portfolio while Lenovo gets 2,000 patents. Google may lose money on this deal but the Android ecosystem benefits.
Martin Fowler writes about the opposite of Big Data, Datensparsamkeit. This German word roughly translates to “data austerity” or simply “not storing more than you need”.
Microsoft and Google are working together in a fight for greater transparency on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders. Not satisfied with the limited out of court agreement that’s already been reached with the US government to disclose summary data relating to national security requests, the two companies are now taking legal action and lobbying for support from Congress.
A networking hardware vendor based in Austin, Texas says it's going to pursue royalties on the implementation of the TCP/IP set of protocols. Formerly known as Dellor, KCIR Networks acquired Nett Labs in 1997, acquiring this patent into the bargain. The patent claim was filed in 1975, but Nett Labs never pursued royalties.
Google is promising not to take legal action against any party using pledged patents for open source or free software “unless first attacked.”
Google has obtained a license for any algorithm that may be essential to VP8 and MPEG LA has a patent for it. Google has the option to sublicense VP8 royalty-free to third party implementers, opening the way for wide adoption of the VP8 codec.
The H.265 codec standard, the successor of H.264, has been approved, promising support for 8k UHD and lower bandwidth, but the patent issues plaguing H.264 remain.
Kamala Harris sent shock waves through the mobile app developer community with her authoritarian ultimatum.Time is ticking on her recent 30-day warning of steep fines for mobile software developers selling mobile applications in the State of California that do not issue privacy warnings before their app is downloaded.