Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

Linux Users May Be Breaking U.S. Securities Laws According to Attorneys

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Many companies using Linux for embedded applications may be unwittingly violating the Linux license and even breaking federal securities laws, according to a white paper released today by Wasabi Systems, a leading embedded operating systems provider.

SCO seeks to shut down Novell Linux

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In the filing, SCO proposes amending its claims against Novell. The new claims, if the court permits them to be added, directly target Novell for distributing Linux.

Spammer Slapped with $11.2bn Fine

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In a body-blow to spammers, US-based Internet service provider - CIS Internet Services, has been awarded a whopping $11.2 billion in damages, in a judgement against a Florida spammer who allegedly sent millions of unsolicited e-mails to CIS' users.

Music Labels Sue More File-Sharers

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The Recording Industry Association of America has filed a new round of lawsuits against people who share unauthorized copies of music over P-to-P services, the trade group announced Thursday.

Microsoft sued over alleged Xbox 360 glitch

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A Chicago man who bought Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox 360 has sued the world's largest software maker, saying the new video game console has a design flaw that causes it to overheat and freeze up.

Intel sues Intell over Intel

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CHIP GIANT Intel is taking legal action in a California court against a firm called Intell Detection Systems.

Grokster quits file-sharing fight

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File-sharing group Grokster has agreed to halt distributing its software to settle a long-running copyright case launched by the entertainment industry.

AMD Describes Antitrust Strategy

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Thomas McCoy sat down with IDG News Service to outline the basic nature of the case against Intel, and provided an early glimpse of the strategy AMD intends to employ against Intel at trial.

SCO demands mysterious Linux 2.7 info

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THE BRAINIACS on SCO's legal team have done it again. They are demanding IBM hand over its materials about the Linux 2.7 kernel.

Fundamentals of Copyright Law

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The phrase "open source license" refers to a large number of agreements that license the copyrights inherent in software widely, fairly, and with the fewest restrictions possible. This article -- the first of two -- describes the tenets of copyright and explains the intents of an open source license.

Linux lawyers offer developers free support

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The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro bono legal services to protect and advance free and open source software, today announced the expansion of its operations with the appointment of two additional lawyers.

Open-Source Software Licenses Present Quagmire

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There are four "classic" open-source licenses, although many other open-source licenses have been created. Currently, there are 58 open-source licenses approved by OSI. This article will address the legal and practical risks that users of open-source software might face.

AMD is being Sued

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A CASE WAS FILED by Tessera alleging that AMD and its Spansion subsidiary have breached its patents.

ATI founder cleared

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ATI founder and chairman Kwok Yuen Ho, and his wife, Betty Ho, have been cleared of insider trading allegations in a stinging defeat for Canada's major stock market regulator.

Judge stays Google suit against M$

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A federal judge ordered a tentative stay in Google's suit against Microsoft, according to a court Web site, dealing a blow to the Internet company's legal fight over its hiring of a former Microsoft executive.

U.S. Court Fines Russian-Led Spam Gang $37M

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A U.S. Superior Court judge has slapped an Internet spam gang that operated from two locations, one near Boston, the other in Russia, with $37 million in penalties for running dozens of illegal sites peddling counterfeit drugs, pirated software and pornography, the Boston Herald daily reported.

SCO Loses Battle Against IBM In Linux Lawsuit

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Ruling from the bench, federal Magistrate Brooke Wells said SCO wasn't entitled to more memos, e-mails, programmer notes, work plans and strategy papers on IBM's conversion to Linux, the open-source system challenging Microsoft Corp.'s market dominance in network servers.

In related News: IBM drops patent claims against SCO

Record industry sues hundreds for file-sharing

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A trade group representing the U.S. music industry said on Thursday it filed lawsuits against 757 more people.

XML software patent opposition headed for court?

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Microsoft refused to voluntarily surrender the patent late last month and said they would respond to the case made against them during revocation proceedings. Now anti-patent advocates are preparing to file a revocation order with South Africa's patent authorities.

Theater piracy law snags first victim

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A new federal law aimed at discouraging camcorder-equipped movie pirates has snared its first catch.

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