Legal news and analysis for IT professionals, including antitrust lawsuits, and patent and trademark disputes
  • Oracle argues for dismissal of PeopleSoft suit

    Posted November 5, 2003 - 11:49 am

    Lawyers for Oracle Corp. on Tuesday tried to persuade a California judge to change his mind about rejecting Oracle's motion to dismiss a PeopleSoft Inc. lawsuit against it.
  • Judge OKs MCI reorganization plan

    Posted November 3, 2003 - 10:02 am

    MCI should emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early next year, company executives said Friday after a federal judge approved the carrier's reorganization plan.
  • New voting machines' security, reliability a concern to some

    Posted October 31, 2003 - 2:30 pm

    Electronic voting machines seemed like a safe bet to fix the problems that were manifest during the 2000 presidential voting crisis. But as concerns about the security and reliability of such machines mount, it's beginning to look like 2004 will be no less controversial.
  • EU directive on direct marketing takes effect Friday

    Posted October 30, 2003 - 10:43 am

    The European Union directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications is due to take effect Friday, requiring marketers in member states to seek the consent of consumers before sending direct marketing e-mail in most cases.
  • EU quizzes hardware makers on MS licences

    Posted October 30, 2003 - 10:28 am

    The European Commission has contacted unspecified hardware manufacturers about Microsoft Corp.'s licensing policy because it suspects anticompetitive behavior, it said Thursday.
  • DMCA grounds shaken in Lexmark cartridge case

    Posted October 30, 2003 - 10:04 am

    A ruling this week from the U.S. Copyright Office could strengthen manufacturer Static Control Components Inc.'s (SCC's) defense against a copyright infringement lawsuit by Lexmark International Inc. that is expected to have a broad impact on the market for low-cost, third-party printer cartridges.
  • W3C sides with Microsoft against Eolas patent

    Posted October 29, 2003 - 11:41 am

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has taken up Microsoft Corp.'s cause in a patent infringement lawsuit by urging the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to invalidate the related patent "in order to prevent substantial economic and technical damage to the operation of (the) World Wide Web."
  • Police warn world of U.K. domain scammer

    Posted October 29, 2003 - 12:59 am

    Fraud is a problem all over the Internet, and domain name registration is no exception. Police in the United Kingdom are warning about a British scammer who is offering to preregister customers for the new European .eu domain - even though no preregistration is permitted.
  • Microsoft settles class-action suits

    Posted October 28, 2003 - 3:14 pm

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has settled class-action lawsuits in North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Kansas and the District of Columbia.
  • California wins first state suit against spammers

    Posted October 27, 2003 - 9:38 am

    California Attorney General Bill Lockyer claimed victory in the state's first antispam lawsuit late last week, after a court ordered PW Marketing and its owners to pay a $2 million fine for violating California laws against sending unsolicited commercial e-mail.
  • U.S. Senate approves antispam bill

    Posted October 23, 2003 - 8:51 am

    The U.S. Senate Wednesday passed a bill regulating unsolicited commercial e-mail and allowing fines as large as $3 million for some types of illegal spam.
  • Fujitsu hard disk lawsuit settlement proposed

    Posted October 22, 2003 - 2:47 pm

    A proposed settlement to a lawsuit against Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), and Gateway Inc. could cost Fujitsu $42.5 million dollars to satisfy claims that the company's hard drives were unreliable.
  • SCO license currently for biggest users only

    Posted October 22, 2003 - 9:50 am

    Linux users outside of the Fortune 1000 cannot buy the software license The SCO Group Inc. has been offering since August as a way to protect themselves against legal action, the company confirmed Tuesday.
  • New licensees point to progress, Microsoft says

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 9:37 am

    Microsoft Corp. says that it is continuing to comply with the final judgement in the U.S. government's antitrust case against it, holding up as proof four new licensees of its Microsoft Communications Protocols Program (MCPP), which allows third-party products to interoperate with Windows clients.
  • MS readies response to EC antitrust charges

    Posted October 17, 2003 - 2:36 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is on the point of submitting its written response to European Commission (EC) antitrust complaints, a company spokeswoman said, adding that the decision whether or not to request an oral hearing hasn't yet been taken.
  • Data retention plan in Europe unlawful?

    Posted October 17, 2003 - 12:45 pm

    Privacy International's review of the draft framework for the retention of communications data suggests that it is in violation of privacy requirements covered in the Convention on Human Rights.
  • SCO gives Linux users more time

    Posted October 16, 2003 - 5:01 pm

    The SCO Group Inc. has decided to give Linux users another two weeks before doubling the license fees it is demanding for its Intellectual Property License for Linux, and has backed off on earlier plans to begin sending invoices to commercial Linux users this month.
  • Acquisition rules changing

    Posted October 16, 2003 - 2:26 pm

    New rules from the Civilian Agency Acquisition and Defense Acquisition Regulations Council feature changes in contracting rules for purchase of items "relating to protection from chemical and biological weapons".
  • Storage management: The compliance effect

    Posted October 16, 2003 - 11:32 am

    New data retention regulations may help storage managers gain the resources necessary to achieve compliance, but the regulations also are forcing storage professionals to adopt new processes, management systems and technologies to address them. Storage management, automated data retention and data protection should be at the top of IT
  • Prosecutor admits error in computer case

    Posted October 15, 2003 - 2:39 pm

    A system administrator discovers a security flaw in his company's software; he tells his bosses, who refuse to fix it. The admin then quits and sends messages to his former employers' customers, informing them of the flaw - and goes to jail as a result. Now, in what free speech advocates are hailing as a victory, federal prosecutors are admitting that he was wrongly prosecuted, and that his actions fell within his 1st amendment rights.
  • Public firms may forced to disclose computer security steps

    Posted October 13, 2003 - 10:56 am

    Publicly traded companies have long been required to reveal much of their inner workings to the public so that stock buyers can make informed decisions. Now the U.S. Homeland Security Department has suggested that a public company's preparedness for a cyberattack should be public knowledge as well.
  • Suspected Trojan-horse con man arrested

    Posted October 10, 2003 - 2:27 pm

    According to authorities, a Pennsylvania teenager used a combination of social engineering and a Trojan horse application to steal money from the brokerage account of a man he met online. The arrest illustrates some dangers that online users need to be aware of.
  • Hacker suspect tells court his PC was hijacked

    Posted October 10, 2003 - 2:20 pm

    A U.K. teenager accused of malicious hacking claims that he himself was a victim of hackers who used his compromised machines to attack others. The case illustrates the difficulties of tracking down the true identity of online villains.
  • SEC busts hacker for securities fraud, ID theft

    Posted October 9, 2003 - 1:55 pm

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed civil charges against a Pennsylvania man for computer hacking and identity theft in a scheme last July to dump worthless options for Cisco Systems Inc. stock.
  • CA execs asked to resign over accounting flap

    Posted October 9, 2003 - 9:27 am

    Three senior executives at Computer Associates International Inc., including its chief financial officer, have been asked to leave the company in an ongoing investigation over past accounting practices, CA announced Wednesday.
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