Legal news and analysis for IT professionals, including antitrust lawsuits, and patent and trademark disputes
  • Managing software licenses in a U.C. world

    Posted May 20, 2003 - 3:01 pm

    As if the myriad of software licensing options weren't already confusing enough, the "on-demand" model of utility computing adds another layer of complexity. But when you're paying for what you use, it's critical to your bottom line to manage software licences very tightly.
  • MCI settles fraud charges with SEC

    Posted May 20, 2003 - 9:46 am

    According to court documents released Monday, MCI would pay $500 million of a $1.51 billion civil penalty in a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over charges of a massive accounting scandal.
  • EU software patent law delayed by a month

    Posted May 19, 2003 - 9:02 am

    A proposal for a pan-European law on software patents is being delayed by a failure among European parliamentarians to agree on the text, an official at the European Parliament said Monday.
  • WorldCom close to SEC settlement

    Posted May 19, 2003 - 8:22 am

    WorldCom Inc. is close to an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission that would settle all accountancy fraud charges against it, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal online edition Monday.
  • New insurance products for the hosting industry

    Posted May 18, 2003 - 6:21 pm

    Beyond SLAs, firewalls, and virus protection, learn what steps your organization needs to take to mitigate risk in this age of hosting.
  • Legal risks of on-demand computing

    Posted May 16, 2003 - 4:01 pm

    On-demand computing differs from traditional outsourcing in at least one important respect: the very nature of on-demand means that there are unknowns.
  • FTC goes after 45 alleged spammers, Net scammers

    Posted May 16, 2003 - 8:42 am

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several other law enforcement agencies have filed 45 civil and criminal actions against alleged Web scammers and deceptive spammers, and have kicked off an initiative to close the open relays that allow spammers to evade filters.
  • Businesses fail to meet SEC rules on e-mail archiving, risk fines, imprisonment

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 9:29 pm

    The SEC has imposed strict rules on e-mail that some types of businesses must archive - but many affected organizations don't know about or fully understand their legal obligations. Read on to find out more, so you don't have to find out the hard way.
  • EU mulls report of Microsoft antitrust pricing

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 10:03 am

    The European Commission is considering whether to order Microsoft Corp. to hand over internal memos revealed in the International Herald Tribune and New York Times newspapers that describe sales practices the European regulator suspects may break its antitrust rules, people close to the Commission said Thursday.
  • Sun in talks over US export control allegations

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 9:42 am

    Accused of violating U.S. export controls, Sun Microsystems Inc. is trying to negotiate a settlement with a U.S. government agency, it reported Wednesday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Antispam bill allows racketeering charges

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 9:18 am

    The U.S. Congress' race to be tough on spam was ratcheted up Tuesday when Senator Bill Nelson introduced a bill that would allow federal authorities to charge some spammers with racketeering crimes.
  • SCO drops Linux, warns Linux users

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 8:41 am

    The SCO Group Wednesday announced it was abandoning its Linux business and warned commercial Linux users they may be liable for intellectual property violations that, it alleges, exist in the Linux source code.
  • FTC forum: Internet users want cheap privacy

    Posted May 14, 2003 - 7:22 pm

    Internet users want to keep their personal information private, but they want privacy tools to be cheap, easy to use and nearly invisible.
  • Criminal probe into Gateway finances revealed

    Posted May 14, 2003 - 4:33 pm

    The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California has opened a preliminary inquiry into alleged accounting improprieties at Gateway Inc. that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has already been investigating, Gateway disclosed in its quarterly report to the SEC Wednesday.
  • SCO: Unix plus Linux equals trouble

    Posted May 13, 2003 - 1:57 pm

    The SCO Group, arguably, isn't making many friends in the Linux camp these days. Last month it filed a US$1 billion lawsuit against IBM Corp. for allegedly misusing Unix code to bolster Linux efforts. SCO owns Unix System V code, which IBM had licensed to build AIX. SCO now acknowledges it may extend its legal activities to Linux distributors SuSE Linux AG and Red Hat Inc., and doesn't rule out action against users of the open source operating system.
  • Database security in high-risk environments

    Posted May 13, 2003 - 2:26 am

    Database security is especially important when the stakes are high. Find out what the best practices are when you have data that simply cannot be allowed to become public, particularly in light of recent privacy legislation.
  • Visa sued over online authentication patent

    Posted May 12, 2003 - 9:46 am

    Visa USA Inc. and Visa International Service Association have been sued by two technology companies who claim that the credit card companies stole their patented technology for authenticating credit card holders in online transactions.
  • Open source lobby struggles in EU patent debate

    Posted May 9, 2003 - 10:41 am

    Supporters of open source and free software saw an extravagant lobbying exercise against a planned European Union law on software patents backfire on them Thursday.
  • Lawmakers question impact of free trade pacts on IT

    Posted May 9, 2003 - 10:34 am

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and three representatives of the U.S. IT industry Thursday called on Congress to pass free trade agreements with Singapore and Chile, but lawmakers asked whether current trade agreements were hurting the U.S. tech industry.
  • Study: Big companies save big from open source

    Posted May 8, 2003 - 11:19 am

    According to a study published Wednesday by the Swiss consultancy Soreon Research GmbH, big companies can realize big savings by using open source software, mainly from lack of licensing costs. By comparison, small to medium-sized businesses would benefit only marginally from making the switch.
  • European Parliament to tackle software patents

    Posted May 7, 2003 - 5:24 pm

    Deep divisions over the shape of a proposed directive on software patents are prompting European Parliamentarians to convene Monday to try to narrow the range of changes to be tabled at a plenary meeting next month.
  • U.S. agencies defend gov't data-mining plans

    Posted May 7, 2003 - 8:49 am

    Leaders of two much-criticized projects that privacy advocates fear will collect massive amounts of data on U.S. residents defended those projects before the U.S. Congress Tuesday, saying the projects will be much more limited in scope than opponents fear.
  • Developer sues Accenture subsidiary over software

    Posted May 6, 2003 - 7:44 pm

    A California software development company being sued in the U.K. for copyright infringement asked a U.S. court on Tuesday to declare it is innocent of the charges under U.S. law.
  • Microsoft antitrust: Microsoft settles with Montana group

    Posted May 6, 2003 - 1:10 pm

    Microsoft Corp. and a group of Montana residents have settled a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the software giant, with US$12.3 million going to those who purchased Microsoft products during a six-year span.
  • Microsoft antitrust: Two states seek tougher penalties

    Posted May 6, 2003 - 8:54 am

    Two U.S. states have asked a federal appeals court to push for tougher behavioral restrictions against Microsoft Corp., arguing that terms of a settlement reached in its antitrust case with the U.S. government do little to redress the company's anticompetitive behavior.
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