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  • EFF, Public Knowledge sue US gov't over secret IP pact

    Posted September 18, 2008 - 5:18 pm

    Digital rights advocacy groups EFF and Public Knowledge have filed a lawsuit against the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in an attempt to get the office to turn over information about a secret international treaty being negotiated to step up cross-border enforcement of copyright and piracy laws.
  • P2P network administrator gets prison sentence

    Posted September 9, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    An administrator of a P2P network focused on distributing movies has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
  • Google claims license to user content in multiple products

    Posted September 8, 2008 - 8:31 pm

    Google last week removed some language in its Chrome browser's terms of service that gave the company a license to any material displayed in the browser, but that language remains in several other Google products, including its Picasa photo service and its Blogger service.
  • Google amends Chrome license agreement after objections

    Posted September 3, 2008 - 4:54 pm

    Google will dump a section of the licensing agreement for its new Chrome web browser after some Internet users objected to its copyright implications.
  • 'Warez' software pirate sentenced to probation

    Posted September 1, 2008 - 8:10 pm

    U.S. federal authorities sentenced a prolific illegal trader of software to three years of probation on Thursday, according to the Department of Justice.
  • Open source advocates hail appeals court ruling

    Posted August 14, 2008 - 10:20 am

    Free software advocates are praising a federal appeals ruling that allows greater protection for open-source software against copyright infringement.
  • Yahoo: Burn your DRMed tracks to CD now

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 9:53 am

    Yahoo has become the latest company to abandon customers who bought tracks from its music store encoded with DRM (digital rights management), drawing fire from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
  • Oregon man sentenced to four years for piracy, ID theft

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 3:42 pm

    An Oregon man has been sentenced to four years in prison for selling counterfeit software on eBay, aggravated identity theft and mail fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
  • SCO loses another round in Unix fight, to pay Novell $2.55M

    Posted July 17, 2008 - 1:40 pm

    At the beginning of its massive legal fight against Linux in 2003, The SCO Group Inc. imagined a day when companies like IBM, Novell Inc. and others would pay it large amounts of cash for alleged infringements on SCO-owned Unix code.
  • Filing details Apple's complaint against Psystar

    Posted July 17, 2008 - 1:34 pm

    Apple says Psystar knowingly violated its copyrights and license agreements and induced customers who bought the OS X-running Open Computer to do the same. Because of that and the resulting damage that Apple alleges is being done to its brand, it's asking the U.S. District Court for a permanent injunction that would bar Psystar from selling any more hardware with Apple software. And it wants Psystar to recall every Mac clone sold.

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