Tag Archives: license

Should software businesses use IPRs to force their customers to stay with them?

Increasingly, software businesses are suing 3rd party providers on the basis of copyright. Whether those 3rd party providers are in breach depends a lot on context – there’s no easy answer. But is it a good idea to use IPRs to force vendor lock-in on your customers? Rimini Street is a fairly young business, it Read more …

Open Source hardware – does it work?

Open Source hardware is the next step in the development of “open” licenses; A review of the most important OS hardware licenses show them to be a combination of known techniques, like creative commons, and “covenant not to sue” for patents or design rights; Their validity and enforceability seem somewhat weaker than the software Open Read more …

Characteristics of a new copyright system (ctd)

In my three previous posts, I explained why I believe the current copyright system is broken, what the requirements of a new system would be, and what the characteristics of a new system could be. That last post only addressed part of the characteristics – here’s the rest. 1.    The platform will become a social Read more …

Requirements of a new copyright system.

As I explained in my previous post, the current copyright system is highly  dysfunctional. It doesn’t even come close to achieving its twin goals of promoting and protecting creativity. The main reason is that its underlying principles reflect a 19th century reality, rather than a 21st century one. In this post, I will take a Read more …

Do we need a new copyright?

I’m going to publish a number of blogs on the current copyright system. I believe it is fundamentally broken, and needs a major overhaul. This is part 1: what seems to be the problem? To say that the current copyright system does not function properly is a massive understatement. Unfortunately, this is true both for Read more …

Who owns software written by software?

About a year ago, I was at a presentation of a number of start-ups at the Brussels Enterprise Agency. One of the enterpreneurs presenting his very cool software product then said something that really amazed me. “One of the advantages of our application is that it is built automatically, through other software. So, there are Read more …

Should you do business on Facebook?

A lot of fuss around how Facebook changed its terms of use, and then, within 24 hours, changed them back. What was the change about? Under the old (and current) terms, Facebook asks you to give them an unlimited license to do whatever they want with what you put on Facebook. However, that license expired Read more …