Courts

Wed
21
Mar
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Google Hit with $1 Billion Lawsuit

Google Inc. has been dealt a heavy blow in the form of a US $1 billion copyright lawsuit issued by major media corporation, Viacom Inc. The lawsuit specifically targets the unauthorized content found on YouTube.com. The website was purchased by ... Google last November for $1.76 billion. Viacom, whose subsidiaries include MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central, continuously lashed out against the popular video-sharing site for its lack of enforcement when dealing with copyright issues. The lawsuit signals an escalation in long-standing tensions between Viacom and Google and also marks the biggest ... (view more)

Thu
08
Mar
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Woman Sues Yahoo for $20M over Email Message

Yahoo was recently slapped with a $20 million dollar lawsuit from an Ohio woman claiming that the Yahoo.com portal used her photo without permission in a welcome email sent to its new users. Shannon Stovall filed the lawsuit late February at the ... U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Stovall said she discovered the her photo was being used when she signed up for Yahoo's email service in October 2006. (Source: news.com ) The email begins with the headline "Hooray! Your first email" and includes a photo of two women, one of which is allegedly Stovall. According to the complaint ... (view more)

Wed
07
Mar
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BitTorrent Legitimizes Download Service

BitTorrent, a company synonymous with manufacturing technology that allows for the free trade of pirated videos, is launching a website that will sell downloadable films and television shows fully licensed by the studios. BitTorrent had recently ... attained several contracts with major entertainment companies. Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, MGM and Lionsgate have all agreed to sign on with them. (Source: theglobeandmail.com ) The BitTorrent Entertainment Network, the expected name of the website, will be aimed at the same young male audience who regularly use the service to ... (view more)

Tue
06
Mar
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Teacher To Face 40 Years in Jail for Pop-Up Traps

The past few weeks, I started following a news story that raises my ire! No, it isn't about Microsoft and Vista -- it's about a substitute school teacher that has been caught in what is termed a ... well, we'll call it an adult-oriented Pop-up Trap ... (if you know what I mean). To begin with, a 'Pop-up' Trap (or a 'Mouse' Trap) is when an Internet surfer clicks on a web site and is treated to a cascade of pop-ups, usually advertising offensive material geared toward twisted individuals. These ads come in at such a high rate of speed, the user cannot keep up with them. The content is also rather ... (view more)

Thu
01
Mar
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Apple and Cisco Systems Settle Lengthy Trademark Dispute over iPhone

When Apple's chief executive, Steve Jobs, revealed a new product that would serve as a mobile phone, a camera, a music device, and had Internet capabilities, many industry analysts were certain that Apple would soon become a major player in the ... handset market. The high expectations were soon delayed when the name selected for the product, the "iPhone", was disputed by rival company Cisco Systems, resulting in a lengthy copyright battle. Now, over one month later, Apple has finally put an end to their trademark dispute with Cisco Systems and can once again set their sights on becoming a ... (view more)

Wed
28
Feb
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Microsoft Sued for Trademark Infringement on 'Office Live'

I wonder if Microsoft knew all of the roadblocks it would run into when it decided to pursue the "Live" moniker? Recently, Microsoft came under some heat from emailers frustrated at the company's decision to change "Windows Live Mail" to "Windows ... Live Hotmail." The name game drama has not stopped for Microsoft, which has recently been slapped with a lawsuit claiming trademark infringement on the name "Office Live." A company called Office Live filed the lawsuit last Friday, asking courts to grant an injunction against Microsoft using the name for its online office and web application suite. ( ... (view more)

Fri
23
Feb
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Microsoft Embroiled in MP3 Patent Debate

Microsoft has been embroiled in legal troubles countless times in the past. Last year they were on the butt-end of a class-action lawsuit filed after a collective of consumers became enraged with the company's invasive Windows Genuine Advantage ... (WGA). Eventually, the company toned down its piracy policy, relegating WGA to second tier news. However, Microsoft is again on the wrong end of court proceedings, with a federal jury finding that it owes $1.5 billion for MP3 patent infringement. Alcatel-Lucent, a global communications giant with interests in everything from broadband to VOIP to ... (view more)

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)

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