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Ex-copyright chief: clear disruptive tech through Congress

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In an amicus brief in the Aereo television Internet streaming case, the former Register of Copyrights, Ralph Oman has claimed that new distribution methods of potentially copyrighted material should be cleared through Congress for approval before the technology hits the market. Oman goes so far in his brief to claim...
Ex-copyright chief: clear disruptive tech through Congress

Intel: 'Injunctions [over] FRAND-encumbered SEPs create a risk of coerced windfall settlements'

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Intel's amicus curiae brief supporting Apple with respect to Judge Posner's FRAND ruling was the first one to be filed and today became the first one to be publicly accessible. I have read it, and I like it. A lot of its content is consistent with other pro-FRAND positions I've...
Intel: 'Injunctions [over] FRAND-encumbered SEPs create a risk of coerced windfall settlements'

Charles Carreon Digs Himself Even Deeper—and Register.com Betrays a Customer

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by Paul Alan Levy Recently, Public Citizen was aligned with a lawyer named Charles Carreon, filing an amicus brief in support of his argument against allowing a publisher to pursue a a copyright-infringement lawsuit against his wife’s Oregon company in federal court in New York.  The former colleague who wrote...
Charles Carreon Digs Himself Even Deeper—and Register.com Betrays a Customer

MPAA Freaks Out: Insists That Having To Consider Fair Use Before Filing A DMCA Takedown Would Be Crazy

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Oh, there goes the wacky lawyers at the MPAA again. Last week we noted that a key fight may be shaping up concerning the contours of Section 512(f) of the DMCA -- the clause that is supposed to allow people to fight back against bogus DMCA takedowns. The details of...
MPAA Freaks Out: Insists That Having To Consider Fair Use Before Filing A DMCA Takedown Would Be Crazy

What the DOJ settlement means for ebook prices now

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On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved a proposed settlement put forth by the Department of Justice to resolve allegations that three publishers had colluded with Apple to fix ebook prices. Here’s what will happen next. Now that the settlement is approved, when will we see changes? According to...
What the DOJ settlement means for ebook prices now
Judge looks askance at objections to FTC-Google Safari cookie settlement

Court Says Negligence Claim For Allowing Downloading On Your WiFi Is 'Untenable'

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A few weeks back, we wrote about a lawsuit involving porn company Liberty Media, once again trying to make a negligence claim against the operator of a WiFi network, because someone else had downloaded infringing content on that network (and, in this case, apparently the owner of the network was...
Court Says Negligence Claim For Allowing Downloading On Your WiFi Is 'Untenable'

Sun 'never would have invested as heavily in Java' without copyright protection, its founder writes

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Last week a diverse group of industry leaders, creatives, academics and a former U.S. copyright chief submitted amicus curiae briefs in support of a reversal of the district court's ruling on the Android-Java copyright infringement case. Google subsequently requested additional time to respond to Oracle's opening brief and these submissions.In...
Sun 'never would have invested as heavily in Java' without copyright protection, its founder writes

Supreme Court Says Out Of State Residents Have No Constitutional Right To Virginia's FOIA Law

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A few months back, I mentioned that we had joined in an amicus brief in a challenge to Virginia's freedom of information act (FOIA) law, which limited the ability of non-Virginia residents to make use of the law. In particular, we were extra concerned about how the law seemed to...
Supreme Court Says Out Of State Residents Have No Constitutional Right To Virginia's FOIA Law

EFF Seeks to Protect Innovation for Social Network Users

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San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging a federal judge to dismiss Facebook's claims that criminal law is violated when its users opt for an add-on service that helps them aggregate their information from a variety of social networking sites. Power Ventures makes a web-based tool that...
EFF Seeks to Protect Innovation for Social Network Users

Attorney asks DOJ to release findings on Amazon's "predatory" ebook pricing

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Attorney and Royalty Share CEO Bob Kohn is seeking permission (PDF) from U.S. District Judge Denise Cote to file an amicus brief in the Department of Justice’s proposed ebook pricing settlement with book publishers. In the brief that Kohn filed with the court this morning (PDF, and embedded below), he says the...
Attorney asks DOJ to release findings on Amazon's "predatory" ebook pricing

Facebook, Google, Zynga Ask Courts To Reject Patents On Abstract Ideas That Plague Tech Innovation

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Just because you take an abstract idea and say you do it “on a computer” or “over the Internet” doesn’t mean you deserve a patent, according to an amicus brief filed on Friday by Google, Facebook and six other tech companies. It asks the courts to reject lawsuits based on...
Facebook, Google, Zynga Ask Courts To Reject Patents On Abstract Ideas That Plague Tech Innovation

App developers denounce Oracle's "shameful" appeal case against Google

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Oracle lost a patent and copyright case against Google last year when a Northern California District judge ruled that APIs, or “declaring code,” cannot be copyrighted. But Oracle is now appealing that decision, hoping that the "structure, sequence, and organization" of its Java APIs will be protected under copyright law....
App developers denounce Oracle's "shameful" appeal case against Google

Booting Up: All Jack Dorsey's Friends Are Getting Tacos for Christmas

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(Photo: Twitter) Square is now offering gift cards, redeemable anywhere Square is accepted. You’ll need to use the company’s wallet to send a card, but not to redeem one. [Fast Company] For a use case look to Jack Dorsey, who’s using the product to send gifts like $100 worth of...
Booting Up: All Jack Dorsey's Friends Are Getting Tacos for Christmas

Hotfile is Out Cold, But Google’s DMCA Safe Harbor Debate Is Heating Up

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Google recently threw down in the ongoing legal battle between the MPAA and Hotfile with amicus curiae panache. But Google wouldn’t file an amicus brief from the kindness of its algorithmic heart. Larger issues are at play – namely, safe harbor protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). As...
Hotfile is Out Cold, But Google’s DMCA Safe Harbor Debate Is Heating Up

Bradley Manning's Prosecutor Scolded For Refusal To Open Access To Court-Martial Proceedings

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As was noted here back in September, several news organizations have begun a coordinated push to have the Bradley Manning court-martial "opened up" to allow the general public to access motions, briefs and rulings. The military refused (of course), inviting the press to entertain itself with near-useless FOIA requests, a...
Bradley Manning's Prosecutor Scolded For Refusal To Open Access To Court-Martial Proceedings

Facebook Suing Power.com for Auto-Logging

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Facebook is suing Power Ventures in Northern California District Court for its social network aggregator, Power.com. Power.com is used to pull together information from a variety of social network sources. Facebook maintains that PV is violating a number of its terms of service, including one that insists you cannot "collect...
Facebook Suing Power.com for Auto-Logging

Google says Hotfile is eligible for same DMCA protection as YouTube

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With file sharing site Hotfile facing an attempt by film studios to shut it down, Google has argued in an amicus brief that Hotfile should be eligible for the same type of legal protection that allowed the Google-owned YouTube to fend off the famous copyright infringement lawsuit filed by...
Google says Hotfile is eligible for same DMCA protection as YouTube

Apple finds a strange bedfellow against Samsung--Nokia

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Apple vs. Samsung initially ended with a billion-dollar verdict in favor of Apple, but there have been plenty of wrinkles since. This week brought about another, as Nokia filed an amicus brief on behalf of Apple, Inc. in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In the...
Apple finds a strange bedfellow against Samsung--Nokia

Apple opposes Google's amicus brief in support of Samsung: not an impartial friend of the court

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On Monday, a Google-led group of companies also including HTC, SAP, Rackspace and Red Hat filed a motion for leave to submit an amicus curiae brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in connection with Apple's appeal of a district court's denial of a permanent...
Apple opposes Google's amicus brief in support of Samsung: not an impartial friend of the court

Application Developers Alliance lashes out at Oracle over its Android-Java copyright appeal

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The weather is lousy here this weekend, so I might as well comment on a third amicus curiae brief filed in support of Google against Oracle's Android-Java copyright appeal. Yesterday I already discussed the two amicus briefs orchestrated by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). This morning I saw that the...
Application Developers Alliance lashes out at Oracle over its Android-Java copyright appeal

Court lets Authors Guild, digital licensing attorney weigh in on Apple ebooks case

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As U.S. District Judge Denise Cote prepares to issue a verdict on the Department of Justice’s proposed ebook pricing settlement with three publishers, she has granted two parties that oppose the settlement — the Authors Guild and attorney and licensing expert Bob Kohn — permission to weigh in as amici curiae, or...
Court lets Authors Guild, digital licensing attorney weigh in on Apple ebooks case

Apple, Facebook Tell Supreme Court That Marriage Equality Is A 'Business Imperative'

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Dozens of major U.S. companies have come out in support of marriage equality, including Apple, Facebook, eBay, and Intel. In legal briefings submitted to help overturn California’s ballot initiative, Proposition 8, which made same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the companies argue that “recognizing the rights of same-sex couples to marry is more...
Apple, Facebook Tell Supreme Court That Marriage Equality Is A 'Business Imperative'

Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

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You may recall Judge Beryl Howell, the former RIAA lobbyist who helped author the DMCA, and also went against a very large number of other judges dealing with copyright trolling lawsuits by ruling that it was perfectly fine to lump over 1,000 John Doe defendants into a single lawsuit and...
Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

Google blasts studios for "distorting" DMCA in Hotfile suit

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Google has filed an amicus brief in the ongoing lawsuit filed by Motion Picture Association of America studios against file sharing site Hotfile. The search giant has accused the plaintiffs of attempting to "distort" the accepted interpretation of safe harbor provisions detailed in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.......
Google blasts studios for "distorting" DMCA in Hotfile suit

ITC judge throws out Google and HTC's patent exhaustion defense against Nokia

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In my previous post (on an amicus brief by Nokia supporting Google's appeal of Judge Posner's FRAND ruling) I mentioned that Google is an intervenor in certain Nokia patent infringement cases targeting Android. One of them is the ITC investigation of Nokia's complaint against HTC, in which the Finnish company...
ITC judge throws out Google and HTC's patent exhaustion defense against Nokia

Passengers can challenge gov't GPS tracking, court finds

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Thanks to the United States v. Jones Supreme Court decision from January 2012, we now know that law enforcement cannot place a GPS tracking device on someone’s car without a warrant. But what if you’re merely a passenger in the car—not the owner—and efforts to track the presumed target...
Passengers can challenge gov't GPS tracking, court finds

Facebook, Google and Others Rally Against Sweeping Claims in Financial Patent Case

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While the technology patent wars continue raging on across the industry, some companies are moving towards disarmament. Facebook, Google, Zynga and a number of other tech giants filed an amicus brief with the U.S. State Court of Appeals for the Federal circuit on Friday afternoon, an attempt to advocate against...
Facebook, Google and Others Rally Against Sweeping Claims in Financial Patent Case

ACLU challenges 'stingray surveillance' that allows police to track cellphones

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Civil liberties activists asking federal court to disallow evidence obtained by technology that mimics a genuine cellphone towerA secretive technology which lets police locate and track people through their cellphones in alleged violation of the US constitution will be challenged in a potential landmark court case on Thursday.The American Civil...
ACLU challenges 'stingray surveillance' that allows police to track cellphones

We Need More Companies To Stand Up To Patent Trolls The Way Newegg Did, But We Can't Rely On Them

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We recently wrote about Newegg successfully defeating a rather successful patent troll, in part by taking the line-in-the-sand stance that the company will never settle with patent trolls. Many (probably most) other companies end up doing a cost-benefit analysis and realize that it's cheaper to just pay up and settle....
We Need More Companies To Stand Up To Patent Trolls The Way Newegg Did, But We Can't Rely On Them
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