Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

Judge Dismisses PlayStation 3 'Other OS' Removal Class Action Suit

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gamasutra.com: A federal judge has dismissed all of the counts brought against Sony in a class action suit over the disabling of PlayStation 3's "Other OS" feature last year.

Piracy bill could waylay FLOSS projects

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  • Piracy bill could waylay FLOSS projects
  • Open Source, Abundance and Open Innovation
  • Adobe Donating Flex to Open Source Foundation

Linux users threaten Microsoft with ACCC

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Microsoft
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zdnet.com.au: Plans to enable a secure boot on Windows 8 machines have drawn the ire of Linux Australia's membership, and have the Linux Australia Council itself considering a campaign against Microsoft.

Court rules against Utah’s SCO over Unix copyrights

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sltrib.com: A federal appeals court has upheld a jury verdict and a lower court ruling in a trial that found Novell Inc. — not The SCO Group — owned the copyrights to the Unix computer software operating system before 1995.

Mosaid v. Red Hat - A new patent complaint aimed at Linux

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groklaw.net: MOSAID Technologies, Inc. filed a patent infringement complaint [PDF] against Red Hat, IBM, Adobe, Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks, NetApp and VMWare on August 10. The interesting thing about the complaint is that all of the defendants, except Red Hat, are sued under one patent, while Red Hat is the only defendant under the other patent.

Westinghouse Sanctioned in Case Over Open Source

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courthousenews.com: Open-source software developers convinced a federal judge to impose sanctions on Westinghouse Digital LLC, which was found to have violated an injunction against using free programming code for commercial gain.

Defense Contractor Heeds Microsoft's Patent War Cry

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linuxinsider.com: Defense contractor General Dynamics Itronix has agreed to pay Microsoft licensing fees in order to avoid possible trouble over the contractor's use of Android in some of its products.

Monetary Damages for FOSS License Non-Compliance:

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olex.openlogic.com: In Jacobsen v. Katzer, the Federal Circuit held that open source licenses are indeed licenses and not merely contracts.1 This is an important decision due to the remedies available under the Copyright Act versus contract law. But what do monetary damages under U.S. copyright law look like?

Bad news for Microsoft is bad news for FOSS

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OSS
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networkworld.com: Microsoft hasn't exactly been the best friend to FOSS, but it's hard to feel good about the company's $290 million loss to i4i. Why is this bad news for FOSS?

Yahoo! wins verdict in Bedrock patent trial

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itworld.com: You remember that lawsuit Google recently lost against patent portfolio company Bedrock Technologies, LLC in the United States District Court Eastern District of Texas?

Red Hat CEO hates patent trolls, but says sometimes you just have to pay up

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networkworld.com: With Red Hat on the verge of becoming the first billion-dollar company focused exclusively on open source software, it has attracted quite a bit of attention -- from lawyers waving patents.

The FTC weighs in on patent reform

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  • The FTC weighs in on patent reform
  • Does the DoJ Have FOSS' Back?
  • 1+1 (pat. pending) — Mathematics, Software and Free Speech
  • Linux Patent Winners and Losers

Legal Threats Against MPlayer, Server To Disappear

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phoronix.com: While legal threats to free software projects would be disastrous (if successful) to those seeking to destroy Linux and open-source work, there's sure been lots of in-fighting as of late that's proving to be quite damaging for many distinguished projects.

Microsoft Seeking personal unfair competition laws

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groklaw.net: Microsoft seems to be trying to get its own personal unfair competition laws passed state by state, so it can sue US companies who get parts from overseas companies who used pirated Microsoft software anywhere in their business.

M$ Sues Over Android/Linux

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Microsoft
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mrpogson.com: M$ is suing folks for using Android/Linux to make a few dollars and to annoy people.

Lime Wire, music publishers settle copyright case

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reuters.com: The operator of LimeWire, a once-popular file-sharing service shut down last year for copyright infringement, has settled a lawsuit brought by music publishers.

Red Hat joins push against software patents

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businesswire.com (PR): Red Hat, Inc. has continued its efforts to improve the U.S. patent system and to challenge poor quality software patents. Red Hat joined a large group of companies in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court which explained that the burden of proof applied to invalidate patents impedes innovation and should be changed.

Artists should be paid, Part 3: The Big Picture

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Can artists actually make money on a free software driven free culture project? Having established the motivations and the basic principles in the first two parts, I’m going to look at the big picture here:

Sony takes legal action against PS3 hackers

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h-online.com: On their web sites, George Hotz, who became known for his iPhone and PS3 hacks, and the fail0verflow hacker group, have published three statements of complaint made by legal representatives of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) against Hotz and four alleged members of fail0verflow at the District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.

I Figured Out What to Explain to You Next: Bylaws

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  • So. What Now?
  • Dear PJ: Please Don't Quit Groklaw
  • I Figured Out What to Explain to You Next: Bylaws -- And a Word to the OpenSUSE Guys
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