Another interoperability barrier down?

In breaking news reported here and here the Advocate General for the European Court of Justice has issued a legal opinion indicating a pub landlord in Portsmouth can get live football from a Greek provider. So what?

The “what so” is that is further progress for Competition Law becoming more important than IP rights.

The opinion overturns every point of law the Premier League put forward justifying its desire to prevent a single market in Europe.

For “Premier League” read every major software creator looking to use IP as a barrier.

What with this and the possibility that USA law seems to be working against patent pool attacks (see this blog) then we can see a different legal climate emerging.

Everyone interested in improving the climate for Free and Open Source Software should watch this all this closely.

Gerry Gavigan – 3 February 2011

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