Stories by Jennifer Baker

Legal expert says ACTA should be scrapped

Douwe Korff, professor of international law at London Metropolitan University and a leading authority on data protection, said on Tuesday that the international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) is "badly-drafted, breaches many fundamental rights and lawmakers should throw it out and start from scratch."

GPL faces test in German court

A court case that open-source advocates say could have major repercussions on the GPL opened in German district court in Berlin Tuesday.

Novell patent consortium plan withdrawn

In a move that will be seen by many as a big win for open-source advocates, a plan to create a consortium led by Microsoft to buy Novell patents has been withdrawn.

EU Parliament approves ACTA copyright treaty

After 11 rounds of international negotiations, the final text of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been approved by the European Parliament, which voted 331-294 , with 11 members abstaining, to approve the measure.

Battle breaks out over open standards in EU rules

While the European Commission has said the EIF (European Interoperability Framework) will create interoperable standards to empower businesses and citizens and give them better access to information, lobby groups now are loudly arguing about the role of open standards in the framework.