Courts

Tue
30
Jan
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Belgian Newspapers Strike Again: Yahoo in the Hot Seat Over Copyright Issues

While traditionally known for beer and chocolate, Belgium is now making a name for itself as a strict enforcer of copyright laws. Copiepresse, Belgium's copyright enforcement group, has recently taken a stand against Yahoo. "We sent a formal letter ... to Yahoo [last week], requesting it to remove all links to our newspapers' content," said Margaret Boribon, secretary-general of Copiepresse. She adds that failure to comply will leave Copiepresse no choice but to take Yahoo to court. (Source: latimes.com ) Yahoo, like many other search engines, provides snippets of information and links to news ... (view more)

Thu
18
Jan
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Comwave Telecom: In Canada, the iPhone Trademark is Ours!

In the past two weeks, the world of wireless communications has been engulfed in the uncertainty over who originated the iPhone name . Until now, the conflict of licensing the iPhone label in the U.S. has involved only two corporations: Apple Inc. ... and Cisco Systems. In Canada, however, Comwave Telecom Inc. has made the claim that the iPhone license has been a registered trademark in Canada for a number of years. The company based in Toronto Ontario has been marketing voice-over-the-Internet services using the registered trademark iPhone since 2004. Comwave Telecom has also marketed a separate ... (view more)

Wed
17
Jan
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Cisco Explains iPhone Lawsuit

Many consumers have never heard of the Cisco iPhone. Thus, Cisco's lawsuit, which claims trademark infringement on Apple's iPhone, came as a shock to many. But on Wednesday January 10th, Mark Chandler, Cisco's SVP and General Counsel, blogged about ... the case and why Cisco is putting its foot down. (Source: hardocp.com ) In the company blog, Chandler reminds readers that Cisco has owned the trademark "iPhone" since 2000, when Cisco bought the company Infogear. Infogear had owned the rights since 1996, before iMacs and iPods were on the market. Chandler also notes that Cisco has been shipping ... (view more)

Thu
11
Jan
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Apple Sued By Shuffle Imitation Maker

These days, lawsuits are as common as windy weather in Chicago. But Luxpro has taken the art of suing one step further: the company has sued Apple as a result of Apple's former suit against Luxpro, claiming that Apple's lawsuit cost Luxpro lost ... sales. While the $100 million lawsuit is hefty enough to be noteworthy, another aspect makes this suit unique. The companies have already met in court in 2005 -- except at that time, the two parties were on opposite sides of the courtroom, with Apple as the plaintiff and Luxpro as the defendant. Apple had sued Luxpro for infringing on its iPod Shuffle ... (view more)

Tue
09
Jan
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Apple, Google and Napster Sued Over Media Downloads

In the latest installment of tech-related lawsuits, online media company Intertainer has filed a lawsuit against three heavyweights: Apple, Google and Napster. Although Intertainer closed its doors in 2002, it was granted a patent in 2005. The broad ... patent gave Intertainer the rights for "managing, distributing, and/or retailing digital media assets." (Source: arstechnica.com ) The meaning and breadth of the patent description is hazy: not only to the typical reader, but also to patent lawyers. Eric Goldman, head of the High-Tech Law Institute, said "I have the same problem with this patent ... (view more)

Thu
04
Jan
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Judges Approve $2.45 billion Nortel Settlement

Two U.S. Federal judges have approved a proposed $2.45 billion settlement in a case filed against Nortel by shareholders. Judges Richard Berman and Loretta Preska issued their approval of the deal earlier this week. The settlement has Nortel paying ... $575 million in cash to shareholders. It also has the company issuing shares equal to about 14.5 percent of its current outstanding equity, or $1.64 billion based on Nortel's current stock value. (Source: hachinthebox.org ) The settlement will be paid to investors who purchased common stock or sold options between April 24, 2003 and April 27, 2004 ... (view more)

Sun
31
Dec
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Litigation Speaks: in the Wild World of File-Sharing

If you illegally download music via a file-sharing program, you better watch out -- music companies may file a lawsuit against you. Or at least that's what they want you to think. Earlier this week, the case on Patti Santangelo was dropped and ... refiled, this time implicating Santangelo's two children. Santangelo was sued -- along with many others -- as part of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)'s campaign to stop the illegal pirating of online music. Unlike the others, however, Santangelo refused to settle, instead choosing to go through costly litigation. (Source: slyck.com ... (view more)

Fri
22
Dec
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Are Keygens and OEM software illegal?

Infopackets Reader Patrick L. writes: " Dear Dennis, I love your articles! I was just wondering: many sites out there, including eBay members are selling copies or 'cracked' software. Some use 'kegen' programs to generate software keys in order to ... unlock software. I always purchase new software and from the company itself -- example: Adobe, Corel, etc. However, my friends want to purchase keygens and cracked software so they do not pay full retail. So my question is, aside from viruses or such, can programs like keygen and such be harmful to your computer? " My response: The short-and-sweet ... (view more)

Thu
14
Dec
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NFL Quarterback Tom Brady Sues Yahoo!

Careful where you place a face. That's a lesson Yahoo might be learning, shortly after its recent legal troubles involving New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The three-time Super Bowl champion (who once dated Tara Reid, by the way), is ... angry that Yahoo used his likeness to promote its online fantasy football league. Whether Tom's completely opposed to tame gambling or simply not proud of the picture in question is unclear. But, it spells bad news and bad press for Yahoo. The ad in question wasn't actually posted on the web, in fact. Instead, Brady's unauthorized mug was presented in ... (view more)

Thu
07
Dec
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Rogue Antispyware Company Forced to Pay $1M

Think those goons infecting your computer with spyware are mischievous? How about a company that persuades users that they have an infected computer, and then sells them a $49.95 program to clean the "infection" that never existed in the first ... place? Doesn't sound so bad, unless you're considering the case of Secure Computer, which recently settled a lawsuit against it alleging that the company falsely informed people of possessing spyware. The original suit was filed in January, and cited the New York state-based Secure Computer as violators of the 2005 federal Computer Spyware Act. Those in ... (view more)

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