Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

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.

Sony Sued For Removal Of Linux Support From PS3

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ps3.ign.com: A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony Computer Entertainment America for the removal of the 'Other OS' feature from the PlayStation 3.

SCO Files Motion for a New Trial

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groklaw.net: SCO has filed its "renewed" motion for judgment "as a matter of law", with its supporting memorandum. They ask the judge to rule over the heads of the jury and decide that the jury "simply got it wrong" when it ruled that SCO didn't get the copyrights in 1995 from Novell. In the alternative, they'd like a new trial.

Microsoft Facing £25m Argentinian Linux Lawsuit

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Microsoft
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eweekeurope.co.uk: A legal dispute between Microsoft and an open source company in Argentina raises questions about the availability of desktop Linux in other countries, experts claim

Making a copyright system that works

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FAside from a few vested interests in the entertainment industry, nearly everyone hates the system we’ve got — it’s clearly overreaching and ill-adapted to the electronic world of the internet. But what sort of system would we like?

Federal Circuit Judge Rader Takes Tech Suits in Texas

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law.com: Already this month, Rader has dismissed one patent case against Google and Yahoo on summary judgment and trimmed back damages theories in a lawsuit against Red Hat and Novell.

Jacobsen and FOSS Community Win Big in Jacobsen v. Katzer Settlement

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lawandlifesiliconvalley.com/blog: As expected, the Jacobsen case has now settled. The settlement was a complete victory for Jacobsen and is great news for the FOSS community. The Jacobsen case was very significant for the FOSS community because it was the first case in the US about the enforcement of open source software licenses.

Web code is already open - why not make it free as well

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Oh dear. After the debacle with Microsoft Poland’s apparent racist photoshopping, Microsoft China went and got the company in hot water for allegedly “stealing” code. Yes you read that right: Microsoft and wholesale “theft” of code from another website. Of course it’s not “theft” it’s copyright infringement but tomayto/tomarto.

The Microsoft-Linux Story As Told in the Comes Exhibits

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groklaw.net: As we are working on the data in the Comes v. Microsoft exhibits, describing the contents or transcribing each so as to make them keyword searchable, we are coming across some interesting materials regarding Microsoft's view of Linux. As far back as 1999, Bill Gates was asking his executives if there was a way to make things harder for Linux.

Italy class-action suit planned against Microsoft

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reuters.com: An Italian consumer group is planning a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft Corp seeking compensation for Windows software pre-installed on computers for people who did not want it.

Top Ten Open Source Legal Developments: 2009

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lawandlifesiliconvalley.com: As the use of free and open source software (“FOSS”) has become more ubiquitous, legal issues relating to FOSS have become more common and important. This year has seen a mix of new and old issues. Even more so than 2008.

Microsoft Loses Appeal Over Word Patent

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  • Microsoft barred from selling Word, has plan for workaround
  • New Moonlight Covenant has been posted

FTC Sues Intel for Anticompetitive Practices

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earthweb.com: U.S. regulatory authorities today filed a lawsuit against Intel, alleging a 10-year history of monopolistic behavior that saw the world's largest chipmaker use its dominant market power to crowd out cheaper, potentially superior alternatives.

Bruce Perens' Statement on Busybox Lawsuits

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perens.com/blog: I am the creator of the Busybox program which is currently subject to lawsuits brought by Mr. Erik Andersen and the Software Freedom Law Center, and which was subject to previous suits brought by SFLC, Mr. Andersen and Mr. Robert Landley.

SFLC hammers GPL violators

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  • SFLC hammers GPL violators
  • SFC and SFLC sues Samsung, Zyxel, Western Digital and others over GPL violations
  • Best Buy, Samsung, Westinghouse, And Eleven Other Brands Named In SFLC Lawsuit
  • GPL, might goes to the right
  • Freedom or Sponsors, Not Both?
  • If Proprietary Software is "Illegitimate", Why is the FSF Funded by It?

Lawsuit alleges Palm Pre violates copyright

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techworld.com.au: Artifex Software is suing Palm over the PDF (Portable Document Format) viewer in Palm's Pre smartphone, it said on Thursday.

Open source software license enforcement actions on the rise

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localtechwire.com: What do Verizon, Cisco Systems, Bell Microproducts, Super Micro Computer, Monsoon Multimedia, Xterasys Corp, High-Gain Antennas and Extreme Networks have in common? All of these companies were sued by the FSF or SFLC for open source software license violations.

Linux torrents get a mention in landmark court case

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Web
Legal

computerworld.com.au: The Federal Court of Australia has heard how peer-to-peer software, BitTorrent, is used to distribute Linux-based operating systems.

SCO fires CEO Darl McBride, architect of litigation strategy

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arstechnica.com: SCO CEO Darl McBride has finally been let go by the serial litigator. In an SEC filing published today, SCO reveals that the controversial CEO has been ousted as part of the latest reorganization plan

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