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Legal Basics for Developers

Free as in Freedom episode 0x16

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Bradley and Karen play and comment on a talk recording of Aaron Williamson's and Karen's presentation at OSCON 2011, entitled Legal Basics for Developers.

Running time: 00:53:53.

Show Notes

Segment 0 (00:33)

Segment 1 (05:53)

Segment 2 (49:36)

  • Richard Fontana gave at a talk at OSCON as well, which was recorded, and Karen and Bradley have asked for his permission to play it. (50:45)
  • Bradley asked folks to ping Richard on identi.ca to ask him to allow us to use his audio on the oggcast. (51:05)

Tags: bkuhn, karen, non-commercial, sflc, oscon, fontana, creative-commons, aaronw, patents, copyrights, trademarks, public domain, license compatibility, compliance, non-profits, gnome, questions, conferences, gpl

Needs of the Few

Free as in Freedom episode 0x02

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Karen and Bradley discuss Stormy Peters' departure from the GNOME Foundation, an issue of deep confusion regarding copyright licensing, and references to Spock in a recent court decision.

Running time: 00:39:56.

Show Notes

Segment 0 (00:35)

Segment 1 (15:43)

  • A LiveJournal post introduced an interesting issue of copyright confusion. (16:30)
  • Karen mentioned there was discussion in other fora other than the original LiveJournal post, such as on the NY Frunch (Free Culture Lunch) mailing list and, since then, on NPR. (17:24)
  • Bradley mentioned Fanzines, wondering if there are still fanzines. (18:57)
  • Karen pointed out that both copyright infringement and plagiarism were at issue here. (20:25)
  • Bradley is quite upset about the idea that people confuse public domain with FaiF licensing or any other actual license terms. (21:00)
  • Karen notes that if you don't see a license, you have to assume it's all rights reserved. (23:10)
  • Bradley described a Slashdot story that linked to a Techdirt article. (30:29)
  • A footnote in the concurrence is what mentions Star Trek (33:03) .
  • Bradley mentioned a mediocre novel he read in the 1990s called Brain Storm by Richard Dooling. (33:26)

Tags: bkuhn, karen, copyrights, Stormy Peters, public domain, Star Trek

Public Domain

Software Freedom Law Show episode 0x23

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Aaron, Karen and Bradley discuss issues around the public domain and how it relates to copyright in general and copyrights on software in particular.

Running time: 00:58:13.

Show Notes

Segment 0 (00:36)

  • Aaron, Bradley, and Karen consider Aaron's status as a “special host”. Bradley wondered if that meant Aaron hosted a parasite. (Aaron subsequently got sick two days after recording, and is now playing the role of a biological “special host”.)
  • Bradley joked that copyright never expires in the USA due to retroactive extensions enacted by Congress. Aaron noted the Sony Bono 1998 Copyright Extension Act was the most recent act to do this. (05:47, 06:28)
  • Public domain dedications are relatively easy in the USA, but moral rights issues in European jurisdictions make public domain dedications difficult. (17:19)
  • The Berne Convention respects the issue of public domain, insofar as something definitely in the public domain in one country doesn't fall under copyright restrictions in other countries, but doesn't do much more than that regarding public domain. (17:30)
  • Creative Commons wrote CC0 to attempt to harmonize public domain dedication around the world. (18:53)
  • Bradley pointed out that the “WTFPL” license FAQ points out that it exists in part because of difficulties in putting things in the public domain in some jurisdictions. (25:36)
  • Karen looked up the word merchantability in Black's Law Dictionary. (30:07)

Segment 1 (29:52)

Tags: bkuhn, karen, copyrights, aaronw, public domain