Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

2 Arrested in Malawi As Phone Deal Sours

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A South African business tycoon and his Malawi lawyer were arrested following a protracted row over a business license for Malawi's third mobile phone operator, a top government official confirmed Saturday.

Online Cannabis Dealers Jailed

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Three members of a drug dealing ring who used the internet to sell cannabis to addresses across the UK were sent to prison last week.

Inaction Could Lead to Cybersecurity Law

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U.S. businesses for years have urged the government to let them set computer-security standards of their own, but their inability to do so could now prompt Congress to step in, experts say.

My Family, My Movie

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Aho successfully lobbied to create the Family Movie Act after billionaire director Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, Steven Soderbergh, 13 other famed Hollywood directors and eight large studios sued ClearPlay in U.S. District Court in Denver, claiming its software violated copyright laws. The new law is a direct blow to them.

M$ Settles Nebraska Lawsuit

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Microsoft announced Thursday it has settled a class action lawsuit that alleged the software company violated Nebraska's unfair competition and antitrust laws. Members of the class will receive vouchers to be used for software and hardware, with the total settlement amounting to $22.6 million.

Porn-surfing Norwegians awarded $40k

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Two workers sacked for hunting net smut at work have been awarded $40,000 a head for unfair dismissal. Expect Norwegian exports to fall by 60 per cent over the next six months and a sharp increase in "work-related" RSI and acute male blindness syndrome.

Seiko Epson Sues Ink Cartridge Makers

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Moving to protect its lucrative printer cartridge business, Seiko Epson has filed patent infringement lawsuits against two companies that manufacture replacement cartridges for its printers. Company says it is not trying to stamp out third-party cartridge manufacturers.

US law firm hunts down man for email trespassing

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A San Francisco legal firm is using the power of the law to chase down someone for sending in a solitary email - on the pretext that it is trespassing on their systems.

Congress to impose 5 years for passing a joint

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Passing a joint to someone who used to be in drug treatment will land you in federal prison for a minimum of five years.

Graphics patent suit fires back at M$

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Forgent Networks has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging the software giant infringed on its digital-image compression patent that serves as the technology behind JPEG.

CA cities try again for M$ damages

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Five Californian cities and counties have said they are committed to collecting damages from Microsoft despite a US District Judge dismissing their class action lawsuit against the software giant.

20 Arrested in Crackdown on Internet Drugs

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Twenty people in the United States and abroad were arrested on charges they ran Internet pharmacies that illegally shipped narcotics, steroids and amphetamines to teenagers and other buyers around the world, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

Mad Max Mayhem

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Police are reported to have arrested eleven Mad Max movie fans as they tried to perform a scene from the second film, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, where outlaws chase down a fuel tanker.

Open source wins court victory

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OSS
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A German court agreed with a Linux programmer's contention that Fortinet, a US security appliance maker, must comply with the terms of the General Public License.

Injunction Granted Against M$

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Microsoft
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Alacritech Inc. today announced a U.S. District Court ruling for preliminary injunction against M$ preventing them from making, using, offering for sale, selling, importing or inducing others to use Microsoft's "Chimney" TCP offload architecture.

Music Group to Sue Students Over Downloads

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The Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group for the largest labels, said it will file federal lawsuits Wednesday against 405 students at 18 colleges with access to the Internet2 network. The Motion Picture Association of America said it will file an unspecified number of lawsuits against Internet2 users.

Apple bloggers get press support

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Legal

Eight US newspapers and the Associated Press agency have thrown their support behind three bloggers sued by Apple.

Microsoft Settles to Gateway $150 Million

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Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, agreed to pay personal-computer company Gateway Inc. $150 million over four years to resolve antitrust claims.

And in other M$ legal news: Microsoft files eight lawsuits over counterfeiting.

After four months home confinement, reporter has no regrets

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The boredom was worse than reporter Jim Taricani expected during his four month home confinement sentence for protecting a source. Too much TV watching, house cleaning and reading left him looking for ways to kill time, and appreciating the freedom he'd taken for granted.

The newsman was sentenced in December after being found in criminal contempt for refusing to give up his source. Taricani is one of several journalists nationwide who have become locked in First Amendment battles with the government over confidential sources.

Judge Sentences Spammer to Nine Years

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A Virginia judge sentenced a spammer to nine years in prison Friday in the nation's first felony prosecution for sending junk e-mail, though the sentence was postponed while the case is appealed.

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