ZDNet UK: ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ Threatened by IP Changes

[ Thanks to pdajames
for this link. ]

“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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