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ZDNet UK: 'Cambridge Phenomenon' Threatened by IP Changes

Aug 01, 2002, 16:00 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Academics at Cambridge are warning that restrictive new intellectual property rules proposed by the university could mean an end to the high-tech boom that gave rise to the nickname 'Silicon Fen'.

"Ross Anderson, a reader in security engineering at Cambridge's Computer Laboratory, said that the proposed changes could mean an end to the 'Cambridge Phenomenon' that spawned such world-class companies as chip designer ARM Holdings, as well as hurting Cambridge's ability to attract top-quality researchers..."

"A provision on copyright may also lead to issues specifically affecting software created by university faculty, which Anderson believes could ultimately prevent faculty from releasing their software projects under open-source licences. Licences such as the General Public License allow software source code to be freely modified and redistributed, as long as the modifications are released back to the community..."

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