Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

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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OSS
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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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Microsoft
Legal

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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Microsoft
Legal

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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OSS
Legal

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
Legal
  • 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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Hardware
Legal

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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OSS
Legal

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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OSS
Legal
  • 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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OSS
Legal

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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Linux
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

Implementing a sensible copyright: "FLOW-IT"

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It can be hard to get paid for producing free-licensed works. This has spurred a lot of innovative ideas for better incentive systems. Along the way, though, the most obvious and simple solution has mostly been overlooked.

The Firefox in the Win House?

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Moz/FF
Legal

exportlawblog.com: Last week an obviously confused reporter at internetnews.com reported that Mozilla had received a letter from BIS stating that downloads of its open-source encryption source code by Iranians was not a violation. But that’s not what happened.

FSF files objection to Google Book Search settlement

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OSS
Legal

fsf.org: Today the Free Software Foundation (FSF) filed an objection in court to the proposed Google Book Search settlement (The Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc.). The objection urges the court to reject the proposed settlement unless it incorporates terms that better address the needs of authors using free licenses.

Linux Vendor Settles With Microsoft

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informationweek.com: A manufacturer of Linux-based networking devices has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Microsoft in order to settle a patent claim, Microsoft disclosed Wednesday.

Red Hat Sues Switzerland Over Microsoft Monopoly

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eweekeurope.co.uk: Linux vendor Red Hat, and 17 other vendors, have protested a Swiss government contract given to Microsoft without any public bidding.

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