Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

MPAA sifts through tracker logs for lawsuit ammo

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When popular BitTorrent tracker sites were targeted last December, some wondered if the tracker logs and other data would fall into the hands of the Motion Picture Association of America. The answer was yes!

Man charged with ebay motors fraud

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A man faces 20 years prison and $250,000 in fines for defrauding perspective car buyers thru online auction house Ebay.com.

Ex-Sun-Times Publisher Charged With Fraud

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Former Chicago Sun-Times publisher David Radler is cooperating with federal prosecutors in their investigation of $32 million that allegedly was fraudulently pocketed by him and others through a series of secret deals.

Dell accused of breaching software copyright

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A US SOFTWARE company has sued Dell for allegedly copying software applications it sells.

AOL Worker Who Stole E-Mail List Sentenced

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A former America Online software engineer was sentenced Wednesday to a year and three months in prison for stealing 92 million screen names and e-mail addresses and selling them to spammers who sent out up to 7 billion unsolicited e-mails.

Date set for proposed AMD-Intel case consolidation

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A multitude of antitrust cases against Intel were filed by individuals on the back of AMD's original complaint.

Ex-Worldcom financial chief gets 5 years

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Ex-WorldCom Inc. financial chief Scott Sullivan, the government's star witness at the trial of former Chief Executive Bernard Ebbers, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison for assisting in the $11 billion business fraud at the company.

M$ moves goalposts in Google battle

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In a likely effort to remove local bias in favor of Google, Microsoft is attempting to shift Google's countersuit in the Kai-Fu Lee case from a California court to federal court.

Students Charged With Computer Trespass

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They're being called the Kutztown 13 - a group of high schoolers charged with felonies for bypassing security with school-issued laptops, downloading forbidden Internet goodies and using monitoring software to spy on district administrators.

Google sued over claims of excess advertising fees

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Google Inc. is being sued over accusations that it overcharged advertisers who use the Web search giant's paid search advertising program.

U.S. charges man in camcorder-piracy crackdown

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A Missouri man is the first to be indicted under a new federal law that prohibits people from secretly videotaping movies when they are shown in theaters.

Second Exec Gets Probation in WorldCom Case

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An accountant who made some of the fraudulent entries in the books at WorldCom was sentenced Friday to five months in prison and five months of house arrest.

Legal fight over iTunes UK domain

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An internet entrepreneur has suffered a legal setback in his battle to win back the iTunes domain name in the UK.

Patent system's problems defy easy solutions

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In the early 1800s, the U.S. patent office was housed at a converted hotel in Washington, D.C., and when applications were approved, a clerk would ride the agency's pony across town to get the president's signature on them.

Documents censored in Microsoft-Google case

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Microsoft Corp. documents concerning a former executive who went to rival Google Inc. can't be sealed but deserve protection because they contain trade secrets, a judge ruled yesterday.

US firm claims 30bn Euro banknotes infringe its patent

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A US-based document security firm yesterday claimed that every Euro banknote in circulation infringes on a patent it owns covering anti-counterfeiting technology.

Music labels file online piracy lawsuits in UK

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Record companies in Britain are filing their first ever lawsuits against five people accused of illicitly sharing music online, after settling out of court with dozens of others.

Ripple effect from Cisco Router Presentation

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Cisco/ISS go after websites in IOS spat while Whistle-Blower Faces FBI Probe.

Microsoft, Google tangle in court

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Secret meetings, confidential messages and alleged exchanges with Bill Gates were brought out as ammunition yesterday in the legal battle over a former Microsoft executive's departure for search rival Google.

MPAA files suit against suspected pirates

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The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. Tuesday filed lawsuits in Waco, Texas, against four people accused of illegally downloading movies.

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