Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

Protection management, copy control

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"This week, in Dublin, the Digital Video Broadcasting Project held its annual meeting to discuss progress on its latest set of specifications for digital television. Much of its work has to do with technical details such as codecs and data formats, but a key section called Content Protection/Copy Management (CPCM) is about controlling how high-definition digital broadcasts may be recorded, copied, or redistributed.

Judge hits amazon.com with fine

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"A judge has fined Amazon.com $18,000 for violating her order in a lawsuit brought by Toys R Us charging the Internet merchant with flouting its exclusivity agreement with the nation's second-biggest toy retailer."

Court Overturns Eolas Browser Judgment Against Microsoft

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Legal

"The U.S District Court of Appeals on Wednesday called for a new trial on a key aspect of the $520 million jury verdict that found that Microsoft had infringed on Web browser technology patents held by Eolas Technologies."

Hollywood Studios File New Round of Web Lawsuits

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Movies
Legal

"Hollywood's major movie studios filed a new round of lawsuits across the United States on Thursday against people who trade illegally copied films and TV shows on the Internet."

EU software patent law may halt Linux development

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"The European Commission (EC) on Monday rejected requests to rewrite the CIID which could seriously damage open source software development in Europe, according to a legal expert, Jeremy Mark Malcolm."

SCO and The Titanic

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Robin Bloor asks, "What's the difference between Edward John Smith, the Captain of the Titanic and Darl McBride, CEO and President of SCO.

Well, for one thing, Captain Smith didn't steer his doomed ship towards the iceberg, he hit it by accident."

Ebay Sued

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" EBay Inc. is being sued by a Pennsylvania man who charges that it illegally forces up prices when certain high bidders raise their maximum bid to guard against last-minute offers, an attorney for the plaintiffs said on Wednesday."

M$ Not Ready to Settle Yet

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Microsoft
Legal

"Judge Legal, who is hearing Microsoft's appeal against a European Union antitrust decision, said in a Bloomberg interview that there is no sign in sight of a settlement."

LokiTorrent Ordered to Pay Million Bucks

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LokiTorrent was ordered Thursday to pay a settlement of $1 million dollars and turn over their logs that could get others fined as well. CNET has the story.

In a related story, "Researchers at Royal Philips Electronics are developing new "fingerprinting" technology that could automatically identify and block transmission of digital-video files, potentially

Script Kiddie Gets Probation

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The youngin' who released RPCSDBOT and took down Microsoft's site for a few hours was sentenced to probation and community service yesterday. I don't know, seems a little steep to me. But that's the thanks ya get! The Seatletimes is carrying the story.

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