Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

Diebold faces GPL infringement lawsuit over voting machines

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arstechnica.com: Artifex Software, the company behind the open source Ghostscript PDF processing software, has filed a lawsuit against voting machine vendor Diebold and its subsidiary Premier Election Solutions. Artifex says that Diebold violated the GPL by incorporating Ghostscript into commercial electronic voting machine systems.

Michael Robertson Sues Me to Impede My Freedom of Speech

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kevincarmony.blogspot: As many of you know, I have used my blog as a resource to bring to light the questionable actions of Michael Robertson, and to go public with his treatment of employees and shareholders. Today I was served with a lawsuit by Michael Robertson in an effort to obscure my blog and impede my freedom of speech.

IP Innovation v Red Hat and Novell - 1 Year Later

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groklaw.net: It's been a while since we last looked in on the IP Innovation LLC v. Red Hat et al patent litigation. In fact, it's been exactly a year. The parties are deep in discovery, with trial set for April 12, 2010[PDF]. That could change, of course. But that's the date set.

Apple awarded patent on the Dock

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appleinsider.com: It took nearly nine years, but Apple chief executive Steve Jobs and Co. were awarded this week with a patent for their implementation of a software-based computer dock that has since become a trademark of the Mac OS X operating system.

The Purpose of the Fifth Amendment to the Bill of Rights

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groklaw.net: I'm thinking that we need a few fun classes on the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution. No. Really. If you'll try to pay attention, I'll try to make it enjoyable.

Rule #1: Hold On Loosely

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In the proprietary production world, what matters about a copyright is who owns it. In the free production world, however, who owns a copyright is relatively unimportant. What matters is what license it is offered under. There is a very simple rule of thumb about the best license to use: use a “free, copyleft license”.

The Caldera v. Microsoft Docket - All the Documents To Be Found

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groklaw.net: Here are all the documents still electronically available from the court in the Caldera v. Microsoft litigation, which settled in 2000. Very little is available any more, mainly orders, but you can learn quite a bit from reading orders. And the docket sheet itself tells quite a tale. What I could get, I've placed as links in the list.

2000 Caldera-Microsoft Settlement Surfaces in Novell v. Microsoft Antitrust Lawsuit

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groklaw.net: The Novell/Canopy/Caldera/DR DOS story continues, and Novell and Microsoft are in the middle of it all, battling in discovery in the Novell v. Microsoft antitrust litigation -- that is the litigation over WordPerfect currently before the US District Court in Maryland in pretrial discovery.

DefCon: Restraining Order Issued; Talk Cancelled

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blog.wired.com: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority filed a suit in federal court on Friday seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent three undergraduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from presenting a talk at the DefCon hacker conference this weekend about security vulnerabilities in payment systems used in the Massachusetts mass transit system.

BusyBox Developers and Supermicro Agree to End GPL Lawsuit

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softwarefreedom.org: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that an agreement has been reached to dismiss the GNU General Public License (GPL) enforcement lawsuit filed by SFLC against Super Micro Computer, Inc. on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox.

SFLC Files GPL Violation Lawsuit Against Extreme Networks

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softwarefreedom.org: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Extreme Networks, Inc. on behalf of its clients, two principal developers of BusyBox, alleging violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Judge Kimball Rules at Last

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groklaw.net: Judge Kimball rules in SCO v. Novell! I haven't read it yet myself, just quickly skimmed it enough to see that SCO owes Novell some money ($2,547,817 plus interest probably -- SCO can oppose -- from the Sun agreement) and it had no right to enter into the Sun agreement.

Apple sues clone maker Psystar

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cnet.com: Apple has sued Psystar, the company that for months has been selling the Open Computer, a Mac clone. Of course, if anything, the surprising thing is not that Apple is suing Psystar, but what took them this long?

A Reader’s Guide to the Red Hat/Firestar Settlement

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redhat.com: Last month, we announced that Red Hat had settled a patent infringement case with an agreement that was significant in fashioning a new model for protection for the open source community. We demonstrated that it is possible to satisfy the letter and spirit of GPL licensing in resolving patent litigation.

China to sue MSFT over high prices

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  • China to sue MSFT over high prices

  • Microsoft Monopolistic in the Middle Kingdom?
  • Microsoft says it's not aware of any Chinese antitrust probe

Red Hat Makes History With Patent Settlement - Compatible with GPLv3

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groklaw.net: You've probably been wondering why I've been quiet, when there is news about a patent settlement between Red Hat and Firestar and DataTern in the JBoss litigation. It's because I wanted to be positive I was correct that this is the first known settlement involving patents that is harmonious with GPLv3. It is.

UKUUG Court Case Falls at First Hurdle

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linuxsolutions.fr: The UK UNIX USER Group (UKUUG) looks likely to drop their legal challenge to Microsoft’s controversial international document standard because it doesn’t have the money to see the court case out.

Red Hat settles 2 patent lawsuits filed against it

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reuters.com: Business software maker Red Hat Inc said on Wednesday that it has settled two of three pending patent lawsuits that the company has been fighting.

SFLC Files Another Round of GPL Violation Lawsuits on Behalf of BusyBox

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softwarefreedom.org: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it has filed two more copyright infringement lawsuits, on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox, alleging violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Open source licensing suits settle in short order

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lawyersweekly.ca: Many open source licences are only two or three paragraphs long and read more like a manifesto than a traditional software licence. The simple but unorthodox nature of open source licences, along with the fact that the software is provided “free,” has lulled many into a false sense that these licences must surely be unenforceable and that the use and redistribution of open source software will have no consequences.

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