Legal news and analysis for IT professionals, including antitrust lawsuits, and patent and trademark disputes
  • Cybersecurity laws that affect businesses on the way

    Posted July 11, 2003 - 9:06 am

    The chairman of a U.S. Congress subcommittee dealing with cybersecurity promised legislation late this year that will affect how private businesses secure their pieces of cyberspace, but he didn't disclose the details about what he has in mind.
  • 3Com allowed to intervene in Cisco-Huawei suit

    Posted July 11, 2003 - 8:58 am

    A federal judge has said 3Com Corp. can participate in a patent dispute between its partner Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Sun revealed as SCO mystery licensee

    Posted July 11, 2003 - 8:40 am

    Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. finally have something in common: they both have signed Unix licensing agreements with The SCO Group in the last year.
  • German government publishes open source guidelines

    Posted July 10, 2003 - 11:10 am

    Federal agencies, state and local governments, and other public-sector administrations in Germany interested in migrating their computer systems to open source software, particularly the Linux operating system, can now turn to a set of guidelines for support.
  • Help yourself

    Posted July 9, 2003 - 9:48 am

    If you're waiting for the government to secure cyberspace, it's going to be a while. During a recent CSO roundtable in Boston, Richard Clarke, former special adviser to the president for cyberspace security, said that the massive new U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in theory the government's lead agency for cybersecurity and threat information analysis, exists only on paper.
  • Now share this

    Posted July 9, 2003 - 9:40 am

    They say there's safety in numbers. Well, the government has just added another agency. Feel any safer?
  • Telcos, IT companies at high risk from economic crime

    Posted July 9, 2003 - 9:26 am

    Cybercrime and other forms of economic crime are hitting companies in all sectors of industry, but telecommunications and IT companies appear to be among the most targeted, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).
  • Massachusetts investigating antitrust settlement

    Posted July 8, 2003 - 1:14 pm

    The attorney general for Massachusetts is investigating possible violations by Microsoft Corp. of its November 2002 antitrust settlement with the U.S. government and a number of states.
  • Federal judge approves revised MCI settlement

    Posted July 8, 2003 - 10:00 am

    A U.S. district court judge approved a deal Monday under which victims of MCI's fraud could split $250 million in shares and $500 million in cash in a settlement of a civil action brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to an SEC statement.
  • Tulip, Dell settle long-standing patent dispute

    Posted July 7, 2003 - 9:33 am

    Dutch PC maker Tulip Computers International NV has settled a three-year-old patent dispute with Dell Computer Corp. Under terms of the settlement, Tulip will receive $49.5 million, with less than $10 million coming directly from Dell.
  • SEC modifies proposed MCI settlement

    Posted July 7, 2003 - 9:27 am

    Victims of MCI's fraud could receive 50 percent more compensation if a modification settlement terms proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is approved by the courts.
  • Anti-hacking law creates a 'headache' for companies

    Posted July 3, 2003 - 10:58 am

    A recent California law requires all companies that do business in California to notify customers publicly when a computer break-in might compromise private customer information. Will consumer advocates hail the regulation, companies are beginning to wonder how difficult it will be to put into practice.
  • Judge orders partial Internet blackout at US Dept. of Interior

    Posted July 3, 2003 - 10:55 am

    An ugly lawsuit of various Native American tribes against the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) just got uglier: a judge has ordered various BIA computers with vital data on government-run Indian trust funds to be disconnected from the Internet because their security was so poor. Read on to find out some of the problems of storing sensitive data for the US government.
  • Spammer faces jail time for envelope-stuffing scheme

    Posted July 2, 2003 - 5:07 pm

    An e-mail spammer who promised people cash for stuffing envelopes in a bogus work-at-home scheme has agreed to pay more than $200,000 to victims and may be sentenced to close to five years in prison for wire fraud, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Wednesday.
  • Study: High growth for open source in Germany

    Posted July 2, 2003 - 4:30 pm

    Germany is poised to see sales of open source software and services grow substantially over the next few years, particularly in the public sector, according to a new report by Soreon Research.
  • Governments wrestle the spam dilemma

    Posted July 2, 2003 - 10:12 am

    Government officials and industry associations today met at the House of Commons to discuss possible solutions to the ever-expanding problem of unsolicited e-mail.
  • Ex-Intel worker wins e-mail case on appeal

    Posted July 2, 2003 - 9:59 am

    In a closely watched case that's testing the boundaries of law governing cyberspace, California's highest court on Monday overturned a lower court's ruling and decided that former Intel Corp. employee Kourosh Kenneth Hamidi did not trespass on Intel's IT systems by sending mass e-mail messages critical of the company to its employees.
  • Friskit to sue RealNetworks over patents

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 9:52 am

    San Francisco technology licensing company Friskit Inc. has filed suit against RealNetworks Inc. and Inc. in a Chicago, Illinois court, charging that the companies had infringed on its patents relating to search engines for creating nonstop play lists for streaming media players.
  • DOJ extends review of Oracle's PeopleSoft plans

    Posted July 1, 2003 - 9:39 am

    Federal regulators notified Oracle Corp. Monday that they will need more time to investigate its proposed hostile acquisition of PeopleSoft Inc., a decision likely to further complicate the contentious takeover plan.
  • DOJ expected to weigh in on Oracle bid Monday

    Posted June 30, 2003 - 10:36 am

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is expected to decide Monday whether Oracle Corp.'s $6.3 billion unsolicited bid for rival PeopleSoft Inc. can progress or whether it wants further information on the deal amid antitrust concerns.
  • Court says Microsoft not required to carry Sun's Java

    Posted June 27, 2003 - 9:26 am

    An appeals court has reversed a lower court's ruling that Microsoft Corp. must distribute a version of Java endorsed by Sun Microsystems Inc. But the appeals court also affirmed a ruling saying Microsoft violated Sun's copyright by distributing its own version of the Java programming language with its products.
  • Clearinghouse for 21 CFR Part 11

    Posted June 26, 2003 - 9:36 pm

    This web site provides access to information on Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations Part 11 (CFR Part 11 for short). Find the latest conference, meeting and seminar information as well as links to vendors and consultants who can help the pharmaceutical community with issues of compliance with regulations and productivity.
  • HIPAA: The storage labyrinth

    Posted June 26, 2003 - 4:59 pm

    The good intentions that drive legislation such as HIPPA often leave the storage guy stuck in the middle, with limited options. At the end of the day, he may also be the fall guy when things go wrong.
  • Of 'zombie' computers and DDoS attacks: The security liability

    Posted June 24, 2003 - 3:04 am

    You can be held legally liable for what your machines do - even if they are obeying a hacker and not you. Read on to find out why you need to care about outgoing packets as much incoming packets.
  • TSMC files preemptive suit to invalidate patents

    Posted June 23, 2003 - 10:32 am

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip maker, filed a preemptive suit in a U.S. District court Friday in a bid to invalidate technology patents, held by a Chicago company, that it said are being used against its clients.
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