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Using GPL code in your software: the essentials
A huge amount of useful software is freely available under the GPL open source licence. This article gives an overview of the GPL and important issues for developers who may wish to incorporate GPL-licensed code in their own programs.
Software patents are history: How it will work
Following significant concerns being raised by the Institute of IT Professionals and others within the industry, Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced a significant change to the Patents Bill currently before parliament, replacing the earlier amendment with far clearer law and re-affirming that software really will be unpatentable in New Zealand.
This is great news for New Zealand's most innovative software companies. But what does the new amendment mean and how does it work? IT Lawyer Guy Burgess explains.