Legal

Legal issues, mostly with relevance to Free software

Judge Rejects SCO Motions in Its Lawsuit Against IBM

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells ruled that Lindon-based SCO should not get more time for depositions of people at Intel, Oracle and The Open Group and denied a different motion to force IBM to provide more documentation in the case. She did give SCO 30 days to file a renewed motion but said it must "narrowly" define areas that have not been covered in documents IBM already has provided to SCO.

IBM vs. SCO: Now it's IBM's turn

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For months, years, it's all been about what SCO could discover about IBM, Linux, and Unix. The shoe's on the other foot now, as the US District Court in Utah has revealed that IBM has launched discovery motions against Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and BayStar Capital.

Judge Sets Hearing Date In Google, DOJ Case

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A federal judge has scheduled for next month a hearing on Google Inc.'s refusal to hand over information on search results to the Department of Justice, which is looking for evidence to bolster its attempt to revive an anti-porn law rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Also: Google to combat spyware

Ten indicted over 'warez' piracy

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Ten people suspected of online movie or film piracy have been indicted on criminal charges as the US cracks down on "warez" groups, federal officials said Thursday.

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Linux Users May Be Breaking U.S. Securities Laws According to Attorneys

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Many companies using Linux for embedded applications may be unwittingly violating the Linux license and even breaking federal securities laws, according to a white paper released today by Wasabi Systems, a leading embedded operating systems provider.

SCO seeks to shut down Novell Linux

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In the filing, SCO proposes amending its claims against Novell. The new claims, if the court permits them to be added, directly target Novell for distributing Linux.

Spammer Slapped with $11.2bn Fine

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In a body-blow to spammers, US-based Internet service provider - CIS Internet Services, has been awarded a whopping $11.2 billion in damages, in a judgement against a Florida spammer who allegedly sent millions of unsolicited e-mails to CIS' users.

Music Labels Sue More File-Sharers

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The Recording Industry Association of America has filed a new round of lawsuits against people who share unauthorized copies of music over P-to-P services, the trade group announced Thursday.

Microsoft sued over alleged Xbox 360 glitch

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A Chicago man who bought Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox 360 has sued the world's largest software maker, saying the new video game console has a design flaw that causes it to overheat and freeze up.

Intel sues Intell over Intel

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CHIP GIANT Intel is taking legal action in a California court against a firm called Intell Detection Systems.

Grokster quits file-sharing fight

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File-sharing group Grokster has agreed to halt distributing its software to settle a long-running copyright case launched by the entertainment industry.

AMD Describes Antitrust Strategy

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Thomas McCoy sat down with IDG News Service to outline the basic nature of the case against Intel, and provided an early glimpse of the strategy AMD intends to employ against Intel at trial.

SCO demands mysterious Linux 2.7 info

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THE BRAINIACS on SCO's legal team have done it again. They are demanding IBM hand over its materials about the Linux 2.7 kernel.

Fundamentals of Copyright Law

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The phrase "open source license" refers to a large number of agreements that license the copyrights inherent in software widely, fairly, and with the fewest restrictions possible. This article -- the first of two -- describes the tenets of copyright and explains the intents of an open source license.

Linux lawyers offer developers free support

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The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro bono legal services to protect and advance free and open source software, today announced the expansion of its operations with the appointment of two additional lawyers.

Open-Source Software Licenses Present Quagmire

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There are four "classic" open-source licenses, although many other open-source licenses have been created. Currently, there are 58 open-source licenses approved by OSI. This article will address the legal and practical risks that users of open-source software might face.

AMD is being Sued

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A CASE WAS FILED by Tessera alleging that AMD and its Spansion subsidiary have breached its patents.

ATI founder cleared

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ATI founder and chairman Kwok Yuen Ho, and his wife, Betty Ho, have been cleared of insider trading allegations in a stinging defeat for Canada's major stock market regulator.

Judge stays Google suit against M$

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A federal judge ordered a tentative stay in Google's suit against Microsoft, according to a court Web site, dealing a blow to the Internet company's legal fight over its hiring of a former Microsoft executive.

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