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Oracle sues Google over Java use in Android

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computerworld.com: Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google, charging that its Android phone software infringes Oracle patents and copyrights related to Java, Oracle said on Thursday.

Legal DVD Playback Coming to Linux?

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linuxjournal.com: In a country where the legal system is based on precedents, a judge's recent decision just may make the use of Linux a whole lot easier.

Sony now facing single class-action for PS3 other-OS removal

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arstechnica.com: Sony did not make many friends in the tech community when the company forcibly removed the option to install Linux via a mandatory firmware update. The problem was simple: Sony had previously pushed this feature as an advantage its system held over its competitors, and later assured gamers that it would continue to be supported.

SCO Appeals. Yes. Them Again.

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h-online.com: Just a few days before its own liquidation hearings, The SCO Group has lodged an appeal against the judgement that pulled the rug out from under the company's numerous ongoing legal battles.

Bilski loses, but the patent madness continues

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  • Here's Bilski: It's Affirmed, But . . .No Decision on Software Patentability
  • First thoughts on Bilski
  • Software Freedom Law Center Responds to Landmark Supreme Court Patent Decision
  • US Supreme Court rejects Bilski patent but nothing else
  • Bilski loses, but the patent madness continues

Stewart Rules: Novell Wins! CASE CLOSED!

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groklaw.net: Here you go, munchkins. Judge Ted Stewart has ruled for Novell and against SCO. Novell's claim for declaratory judgment is granted; SCO's claims for specific performance and breach of the implied covenant of good fair and fair dealings are denied.

Microsoft’s Got Nothin’ – The Patent “War” Against Linux

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everydaylht.com: In the last three years, Microsoft claims to have entered into over 600 licensing agreements with companies small and large over alleged patent violations in "Linux". One consistent feature of all these agreements is that their contents are unknown.

Sony is Now Facing a Total of 3 Lawsuits Over Other OS Renoval

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gofanboy.com: You shouldn't act surprised to find out that Sony is being sued yet again over its decision to remove Linux support from its PS3 game console. Attorney Rebecca Call was the first lawyer to smell blood and find a disgruntled PS3 owner who was willing to file suit and go along with a class action status.

Red Hat Prevails in Federal District Court

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marketwatch.com: Red Hat, Inc. announced that today a jury in federal court in Marshall, Texas, returned a verdict in favor of Red Hat, Inc. and Novell, Inc. in a case alleging patent infringement brought by IP Innovation LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation and Technology Licensing Corporation.

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