legal

  • Proview Thwarted In Chinese iPad Trademark Suit, Brings Case To U.S. Shores

    Proview Thwarted In Chinese iPad Trademark Suit, Brings Case To U.S. Shores

    The dispute between Apple and Proview over the “iPad” trademark has just gotten a lot more domestic. Proview, which owned the “iPad” trademark in several countries until they sold the rights to Apple, has been alleging shenanigans, specifically that part of the company never authorized the sale. Apple, for their part, says that everything is in order, and they have… Read More

  • Federal Judge Rules You May Be Forced To Provide Decryption Password

    Federal Judge Rules You May Be Forced To Provide Decryption Password

    In July, we wrote about an ongoing case wherein a woman accused of fraud was being asked by the prosecution to provide the password to access her computer’s data, which otherwise would remain encrypted and unreadable, weakening their case. They got permission to compel her to reveal the password, but the defense said that it was unconstitutional to do so, as providing that information… Read More

  • Judge Applies SOPA-Esque Solution To Hundreds Of Counterfeit Goods Sites

    Judge Applies SOPA-Esque Solution To Hundreds Of Counterfeit Goods Sites

    The much-maligned SOPA bill is facing a lot of heat as much of the tech industry sets its weight against it. But while the legislation is being discussed, its extreme solutions to criminal online sites are already being adopted. A judge in Nevada has ordered that 228 websites be seized, their domain names transferred, and their listings removed from search engines. There are several… Read More

  • Labor Board: Fired-For-Facebooking Employees Must Be Rehired

    Labor Board: Fired-For-Facebooking Employees Must Be Rehired

    It’s no secret that an employer can, and probably should, do a little check-up on your internet presence before hiring you, and possibly afterwards. But as several unhappy people have found out, sometimes they look pretty hard, and have access to information you thought private. It can result in foot-in-mouth moments and occasionally punitive action. That was certainly the case when… Read More

  • No Charges For Chen In iPhone 4 Leak Case – Others Not So Lucky

    No Charges For Chen In iPhone 4 Leak Case – Others Not So Lucky

    After more than a year of uncertainty, the case of the stolen iPhone 4 has been brought to something like a conclusion. San Mateo County Assistant District Attorney Morley Pitt announced that charges would not be filed against Gizmodo’s Jason Chen, whose liberty has been in question since the police raided his house shortly after the alleged theft. Pitt said that “it is a very… Read More

  • Samsung Escalates IP War With Apple, Sues Over 10 Patents


    The patent nonsense out there is very deep water for humble bloggers like ourselves, so we’re just going to point you in the right direction and wait for the dust to settle a bit before offering an opinion. It seems that Samsung has seen fit to retaliate on Apple, citing 10 patents it alleges are being infringed upon. It’s not much of a surprise, really — they filed lawsuits… Read More

  • Barnes & Noble: Microsoft-Patented Nook Features "Trivial," Licensing Fees "Exorbitant"

    The licensing fracas Microsoft is whipping up around Android and, in particular, Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader gets another chapter today, as B&N submits its 50-page response to Microsoft’s suit. Their position and language are aggressive out of the gate, accusing Microsoft of trying to “marginalize the competition” and describing the contents of the patents… Read More

  • First Lawsuit Filed Against Sony For PSN Breach


    There’s just no way around it. Sony really screwed up. And not just in the way they consistently have in the past. I mean big time. The outage that started last week and was finally addressed yesterday is worse than anyone expected, and naturally, someone has already sued. The lawsuit alleges that Sony was both remiss in its security responsibilities and its duty to inform its customers… Read More

  • ACLU Looking Into Mobile Phone Scanner Being Used By Michigan Police


    Now, although there is likely to be a little flare-up of concern regarding this issue over the next couple days, it’s not so much the potential privacy breach I’m worried about as not knowing what tools the police have at their disposal. In this case, although this device might potentially be used for less-than-ethical purposes, the important part is simply raising awareness of… Read More

  • Apple To Go Forward With Next Suit Against 3rd-Party Accessorizer

    It looks like Apple has gotten the go-ahead to continue a suit against eForCity, a company that was manufacturing cheap connectors for Apple devices. This is a topic ripe for discussion, but try as I might to argue against Apple’s position in this particular case, I don’t really see a problem with it except for my fundamental objection to lock-in technologies, and that’s a… Read More

  • Record Industry: Limewire Could Owe $75 Trillion – Judge: "Absurd"

    So we’re all pretty desensitized by now to the mind-blowing stupidity on display by the record industry in its foolhardy attempts at assigning damages in piracy cases — was anyone surprised when they told one woman, who had shared 24 songs, that she owed nearly two million dollars? Yes, ridiculous. But this — this is beyond ridiculous. This is… sublime. The record… Read More

  • Geohot Has Left The Country

    It appears (according to court documents) that George Hotz, AKA Geohot, PS3 and iPhone hacker extraordinaire, has been hounded out of the country by Sony’s intense legal proceedings. Just a short while after a federal judge granted Sony unfettered access to Hotz’s IP logs and PayPal records (on a question of jurisdiction, I might add), Sony alleges that the kid has fled the… Read More

  • Google Joins The Patent Madness With "Methods For Enticing Users To Access A Web Site"

    I guess the USPTO felt they were leaving Google out of the game, what with Apple suing over the phrase “App Store,” Microsoft suing for showing the status of a download, and Paul Allen suing for everything else. So they went ahead and granted Google’s request to patent the Google Doodle. Yes, that’s right: among other things, they are claiming the method of creating… Read More

  • Judge Rejects Google Books Settlement: Make It Opt-In

    Federal Judge Denny Chin ruled against the proposed settlement between Google and written content creators, saying that the proposed $125 million agreement (in discussion since 2009) is over-broad, and takes too many liberties on the part of orphan works and other potentially disputable items. The agreement would have put millions of books, in and out of print, online, but Chin suggested that… Read More

  • More Patent Trolling, This Time Against Every Major Mobile Manufacturer

    We just heard about a legal action by Microsoft against Barnes & Noble (to be fair, not quite trolling, but bordering on it), and now I’m reading about a new one, directed at pretty much every major manufacturer of mobile hardware. The patents allegedly infringed upon are related to the cameras used in the phones. And yes, it’s sketchy. The company suing is one… Read More

  • Microsoft Alleges Patent Infringement On Barnes & Noble E-Reader Devices

    Microsoft has filed suit against Barnes & Noble, creators of the Nook and Nook Color e-readers, as well as the manufacturers of those devices. The companies allegedly infringe on a number of patents filed between 1998 and 2005, generally applying to UI elements associated with browsing and downloading information. Like many patents from that period (for example those cited by Paul Allen… Read More

  • Sony To Subpoena Two Years Of PS3 Hacker's PayPal Records

    Query: If I donated $10 to Geohot’s legal defense fund, does that make me liable for his actions, and do I have no right to keeping that donation private? It was, after all (if I made it), a perfectly legal transaction between two private citizens. Well, according to Sony and Federal Magistrate Spero (who just a short time ago approved Sony’s request for all IPs visiting the… Read More

  • Judge Allows Sony's Request For Identifying Information For Anyone Who Visited Hacker's Sites

    This is a rather disturbing turn of events. Federal Magistrate Joseph Spero has approved a request by Sony to subpoena the hacker GeoHot’s web host, as well as YouTube, Google, and Twitter, for identifying information on anyone who has accessed, commented, or viewed information relating to the hack. At best this is lazy on Sony’s part and irresponsible on Magistrate Spero’s… Read More

  • Is "App Store" As Generic As Microsoft's "Windows"?

    As tech companies fight for ubiquity, it’s no surprise that there should be disputes like this. Using common words for product names is always a risk, as is establishing generic traditions (like Apple’s “i-” prefix) that are difficult to regulate. At stake today is Apple’s trademark on “App Store,” which as I’m sure our readers are aware, was… Read More

  • iPad Overheating Suit Against Apple Gets Dismissed

    Last year we heard about a class-action lawsuit being filed against Apple for false advertising, that alleged the iPad did not work as Apple said it did. Specifically, Apple said it was “just like reading a book,” and the plaintiffs felt otherwise. Of course, it’s obvious to you and me, reader, that this lawsuit is baseless. But in a court of law, sometimes things go a… Read More

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