Topic: licensing

Software licensing may go pay-for-use

Software innovations are disrupting entire industries in ways that were once unimaginable. New technologies, tools, business models, and licensing models are facilitating these changes and at the same time creating a more complex playing field than software development teams have ever known. Not all organizations are prepared to deal with the changes. The shift from … continue reading

Analysis: APIs under attack in Oracle v. Google

It’s been two years exactly since the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Google was infringing on Oracle copyrights by implementing Java APIs in Android. Those APIs were replicated in the Apache Harmony project, and then used inside Android. Oracle originally sued Google over the use of these APIs eight months after the company … continue reading

Open Source Initiative celebrates anniversary, history of open source

As a result of companies releasing their code to the public, the importance of having a solid community—one that understands how developers, contributors, businesses and governments interact and communicate—increases. One group has recognized this importance since the beginning, and yesterday it celebrated its 18th anniversary, along with a history of support for open source. The … continue reading

From the Editors: View your customers as partners

On Sept. 3, software development toolmaker JetBrains announced it was changing its licensing model from a perpetual model to a subscription model. The company’s rationale for creating JetBrains Toolbox is that the new distribution model would cost customers less and simplify management of the licenses. The Toolbox plan also would let customers pick and choose … continue reading

Court ruling protects ISVs from resale

Decision overturns lower court by deciding that vendors retain the title to licensed software … continue reading

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