Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

Red Hat joins push against software patents

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businesswire.com (PR): Red Hat, Inc. has continued its efforts to improve the U.S. patent system and to challenge poor quality software patents. Red Hat joined a large group of companies in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court which explained that the burden of proof applied to invalidate patents impedes innovation and should be changed.

Artists should be paid, Part 3: The Big Picture

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Can artists actually make money on a free software driven free culture project? Having established the motivations and the basic principles in the first two parts, I’m going to look at the big picture here:

Sony takes legal action against PS3 hackers

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h-online.com: On their web sites, George Hotz, who became known for his iPhone and PS3 hacks, and the fail0verflow hacker group, have published three statements of complaint made by legal representatives of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) against Hotz and four alleged members of fail0verflow at the District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.

I Figured Out What to Explain to You Next: Bylaws

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SUSE
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  • So. What Now?
  • Dear PJ: Please Don't Quit Groklaw
  • I Figured Out What to Explain to You Next: Bylaws -- And a Word to the OpenSUSE Guys

Red Hat to pay $20 million

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Linux
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  • Red Hat to pay $20 million to settle lawsuit
  • Red Hat’s New Strategies For Enterprise And SMB

Red Hat’s Secret Patent Deal

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Linux
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gigaom.com: When patent troll Acacia sued Red Hat in 2007, it ended with a bang: Acacia’s patents were invalidated by the court, and all software developers, open-source or not, had one less legal risk to cope with. So, why is the outcome of Red Hat’s next tangle with Acacia being kept secret?

Playing DVDs in GNU/Linux

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Software
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pogson.6k.ca: We retain one XP machine here simply because it can play DVD videos. One can copy a DVD for personal use/backup so the encryption is not a matter of copyright but restriction on access and a means to extend copyright.

Oracle copying SCO playbook for Google fight

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networkworld.com: The problem is that most of the people who are looking at the "line by line" example don't actually understand code. SCO did this, through the same legal team (Boies Schiller) with its claims that Linux had direct copied code from UnixWare.

Red Hat settles patent case with Acacia - shares few details

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blog.internetnews.com: Red Hat has settled an alleged patent infringement case with IP firm Acacia Research Corporation around U.S. Patent #6,163,776. That particular case was pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Civil Action No: 6:09-cv-00097-LED.

MS co-founder Paul Allen suing Everybody

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engadget.com: Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen has filed suit against nine companies over patent violations. Through his current firm, Interval Licensing LLC, Allen is suing Apple, Google, AOL, Facebook, ebay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube (which is a subsidiary of Google).

Oracle sues Google over Java use in Android

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computerworld.com: Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google, charging that its Android phone software infringes Oracle patents and copyrights related to Java, Oracle said on Thursday.

Legal DVD Playback Coming to Linux?

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Linux
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linuxjournal.com: In a country where the legal system is based on precedents, a judge's recent decision just may make the use of Linux a whole lot easier.

Sony now facing single class-action for PS3 other-OS removal

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Linux
Gaming
Legal

arstechnica.com: Sony did not make many friends in the tech community when the company forcibly removed the option to install Linux via a mandatory firmware update. The problem was simple: Sony had previously pushed this feature as an advantage its system held over its competitors, and later assured gamers that it would continue to be supported.

SCO Appeals. Yes. Them Again.

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h-online.com: Just a few days before its own liquidation hearings, The SCO Group has lodged an appeal against the judgement that pulled the rug out from under the company's numerous ongoing legal battles.

Bilski loses, but the patent madness continues

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  • Here's Bilski: It's Affirmed, But . . .No Decision on Software Patentability
  • First thoughts on Bilski
  • Software Freedom Law Center Responds to Landmark Supreme Court Patent Decision
  • US Supreme Court rejects Bilski patent but nothing else
  • Bilski loses, but the patent madness continues

Stewart Rules: Novell Wins! CASE CLOSED!

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SUSE
Legal

groklaw.net: Here you go, munchkins. Judge Ted Stewart has ruled for Novell and against SCO. Novell's claim for declaratory judgment is granted; SCO's claims for specific performance and breach of the implied covenant of good fair and fair dealings are denied.

Microsoft’s Got Nothin’ – The Patent “War” Against Linux

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Microsoft
Legal

everydaylht.com: In the last three years, Microsoft claims to have entered into over 600 licensing agreements with companies small and large over alleged patent violations in "Linux". One consistent feature of all these agreements is that their contents are unknown.

Sony is Now Facing a Total of 3 Lawsuits Over Other OS Renoval

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Linux
Legal

gofanboy.com: You shouldn't act surprised to find out that Sony is being sued yet again over its decision to remove Linux support from its PS3 game console. Attorney Rebecca Call was the first lawyer to smell blood and find a disgruntled PS3 owner who was willing to file suit and go along with a class action status.

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