Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

Hans "reiserfs" Reiser Arrested For Murder!

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The estranged husband of a missing mother was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder in connection with her disappearance more than a month ago, police said.

Insurance firm sues Microsoft over Xbox house fire

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AN INSURANCE COMPANY acting on behalf of Melvin Young has sued Microsoft because his house suffered an extensive fire because an Xbox malfunctioned on January 5th last year.

Novell Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against SCO

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Every time I almost finish the Ralf Flaxa Declaration as text, more filings, and again here we are with boatloads of filings in both SCO v. IBM and in SCO v. Novell. I'll show you the Pacer text, and I'll get the filings up as soon as I can.

D-Link Found Guilty of Linux GPL Violation in Germany

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D-Link has agreed to stop distributing its DSM-G600 networked attached storage device after a German court found it had violated terms of the General Public License by incorporating Linux into the product. However, D-Link has refused to reimburse the GPL-Violations Project for its legal costs in bringing the action against the company.

Microsoft sued over use of name

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Dexter + Chaney, a 25-year-old Seattle company that makes construction-management software, is suing Microsoft for trademark infringement.

Alleged GPL violation spurs accusations, lawsuit

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Alexander Maryanovsky, the developer of Jin, a Java-based chess client, has filed a lawsuit in Israel that alleges multiple violations of the GNU General Public License (GPL). In the suit, Maryanovsky alleges that International Chess University (IChessU), a startup offering online chess tutoring, and Alexander Rabinovitch, its CEO, violated both his copyright and the GPL in its production and distribution of the IChessU client, a piece of software based on Jin.

Litigation costs push SCO loss to $3.6 million

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Darl McBride, president and chief executive officer of Lindon-based SCO, acknowledged during a Wednesday conference call that the ongoing IBM lawsuit has been costly in dollars, time and hampering the rollout of new technology. Litigation costs in the most recent quarter alone totaled $2.3 million, although that's lower than $3 million in the year-earlier quarter and $3.8 million in the previous quarter.

SCO will appeal the gutting of its lawsuit against IBM

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Utah's SCO Group is appealing a federal magistrate's gutting of its $5 billion lawsuit against IBM, hoping to salvage the tens of millions of dollars it has spent litigating the case over the past three years.

Red Hat Faces Patent Infringement Suit

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Software company FireStar has filed suit against open source seller Red Hat, alleging patent infringement. Red Hat recently purched JBoss maker of the specific accused product Hibernate 3.0.

Stallman: Fight French copyright law in the street

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Free software campaigner Richard Stallman said French youth should protest against a draft law on copyright that will be voted on Friday.

Wallace's Anti-GPL Suit Loses Again

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Daniel Wallace's second anti-GPL suit accusing IBM, Red Hat and Novell of predatory price-fixing and restraint of trade has gone down in flames like his first against the Free Software Foundation, which wrote the license.

Security Research and Computer Crime - Where do we Draw the Line?

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This is interesting - the case of Eric McCarty, a security researcher and sysadmin charged by Federal prosecutors last month with "knowingly having transmitted a code or command to intentionally cause damage." He exploited a SQL injection flaw to access student data, then notified SecurityFocus via email, who notified USC of the vulnerability.

French Copyright Bill Gives Apple a Break

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The French Senate approved a new copyright bill yesterday, but amended it to soften a requirement for digital music vendors such as Apple Computer to open up their DRM (digital rights management) technologies to competitors.

Apple vs. Apple: Beatles' Apple loses suit

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A long and winding legal road took another twist for the Beatles' record company today, when a British judge ruled that Apple Computer Inc. is entitled to use the apple logo on its iTunes Music Store.

Sun reportedly sues Azul over patents

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Sun Microsystems has sued computer maker Azul Systems Inc., accusing it of patent infringement, according to several online reports.

AMD Subpoenas Microsoft in Intel Case

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AMD on Thursday issued a subpoena to Microsoft requesting information on its dealings with rival chipmaker Intel, including the Redmond company's decision to support 64-bit chips from both manufacturers.

Music industry sues 2,000 uploaders in Europe

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The music industry unleashed a new wave of copyright lawsuits on European Internet users on Tuesday, bringing the total sued since November to around 2,000, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Beatles take rival Apple to court over core business

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This week the Apple Corps goes to the High Court seeking multimillion-pound damages against Apple Computer, the creators of the iPod, over their hugely successful iTunes Music Store.

The GPL tested in US courts - Wallace Vs FSF

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On Monday March 20, 2006 US Federal Judge John Daniel Tinder, dismissed the Sherman Act antitrust claims brought against the Free Software Foundation.

Speak Softly And Carry A Thick Brief

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Thomas Vinje doesn't come across as the kind of guy who would drive Microsoft Corp. crazy. Soft-spoken, shy, and intellectual by nature, the 52-year-old Vinje seems more like a professor than a high-powered lawyer who spends much of his waking hours taking on Microsoft.

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