Lawsuits archive

  • Psystar countersue Apple
    Online

    Psystar countersue Apple

    By 27 August 2008

    Psystar, the company that is current being sued by Apple for selling PCs with unofficial versions of Apple's operating system, OSX has reacted to the news by countersuing. In what appears to be fast becoming a tit-for-tat exchange the computer maker that...

  • Scrabulous boards wiped clear across the world
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    Scrabulous boards wiped clear across the world

    By 26 August 2008

    The team over at PC Pro have gone into mourning as the Facebook app Scrabulous was finally taken down in the UK. The application was removed for Facebookers in North America in July, because of a long running wrangle between Hasbro - which owns the rights...

  • LG facing lawsuit over Scarlet TV
    Home Cinema

    LG facing lawsuit over Scarlet TV

    By 19 August 2008

    In one of the most bizarre lawsuits of the year so far, LG is facing a wrangle over trademarks for its Scarlet TV. The television was launched to fanfares after LG "pretended" that Scarlet was, in fact, a person - the star of a new TV show. It was at...

  • Woman fined £16,000 in file sharing crackdown
    Gaming

    Woman fined £16,000 in file sharing crackdown

    By 19 August 2008

    And so it starts ... the Italian government is trying to ban Pirate Bay, ISPs in the UK are sending letters to internet users who they know are illegally downloading content from the web, and now someone has actually been taken to court. A woman, who...

  • Landmark legal victory for open source developers
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    Landmark legal victory for open source developers

    By 15 August 2008

    Open Source software may be given away for free but its developers have been fighting for legal protection for their creations. And they have now won a landmark legal victory in the United States. A US Federals Appeal Court ruled that open source software...

  • Facebook pushes on with ConnectU acquisition
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    Facebook pushes on with ConnectU acquisition

    By 14 August 2008

    Details of the verdict issued by a Californian judge who ended a 4-year wrangle for Facebook have now been published. Judge James Ware of the US district court in San Jose forced the legal battle into a settlement in June, ending an argument between the...

  • California brings in cyber bullies bill
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    California brings in cyber bullies bill

    By 13 August 2008

    It's been debated for around two years, but now the State of California is putting into place real measures to combat cyber bullying. The California Senate has now passed Assembly Bill 86, which was introduced by Assemblyman Ted Lieu nearly two years...

  • British hacker gets two weeks stay on extradiction
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    British hacker gets two weeks stay on extradiction

    By 13 August 2008

    He has lost his appeal in the House of Lords, but British hacker Gary McKinnon, accused of breaking into US military and NASA computers, has now won a fortnight's "Interim Relief" from the European Court of Human Rights. Glasgow-born McKinnon opted to...

  • Pirate Bay banned by Italian government
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    Pirate Bay banned by Italian government

    By 12 August 2008

    It's been banned in Denmark, the Swedish government is trying to shut it down, and it's facing numerous lawsuits from the music and movie industry alike, but the notorious file sharing website, The Pirate Bay, just keeps on going... But now the Italian...

  • MySpace execs facing lawsuit over sale to News Corp
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    MySpace execs facing lawsuit over sale to News Corp

    By 4 August 2008

    Shareholders who claim that they were ripped off when MySpace when sold to News Corp in 2005 are taking their battle to court. MySpace, and its parent company Intermix, had tried to get the lawsuit thrown out. But now a US federal judge ruled against...

  • Scrabulous re-emerges as Wordscraper
    Online

    Scrabulous re-emerges as Wordscraper

    By 31 July 2008

    Within days of it being pulled from Facebook, Scrabulous has returned - with some notable tweaks and a name change - as Wordscraper. The "new wordgame" for Facebook, which is said to bear "remarkable resemblances" to Scrabble, is clearly the designers'...

  • Hacker vows to fight on in extradition battle
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    Hacker vows to fight on in extradition battle

    By 31 July 2008

    Gary McKinnon, the hacker facing extradition to the United States on charges of breaking into military and NASA computers, has vowed to fight on. McKinnon told the BBC that he was obviously disappointed with the House of Lords decision to reject his appeal...

  • British hacker loses extradition appeal
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    British hacker loses extradition appeal

    By 30 July 2008

    A British hacker who broke into top US military computers has lost his appeal against extradition. Glasgow-born Gary McKinnon is accused of hacking 97 US military and NASA computers. He has already admitted breaking into the computers from his London...

  • Nintendo sues DS crackers
    Gaming

    Nintendo sues DS crackers

    By 30 July 2008

    Nintendo has decided to go after companies that sell unofficial games for its DS console. According to Reuters, the gaming giant has teamed up with 54 Japanese software companies to launch a lawsuit. It is suing five Japanese firms which it claims import...

  • Scrabulous removed from Facebook
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    Scrabulous removed from Facebook

    By 30 July 2008

    Responding to a takedown notice from Hasbro, the rights holder to Scrabble in the US, the developers of the Scrabulous game have been forced to remove the application from Facebook. According to reports, users who attempt to access the service on their...

  • eBay facing counterfeit software crackdown
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    eBay facing counterfeit software crackdown

    By 28 July 2008

    It may have just won a court case against Tiffany's but it seems eBay may be heading into yet another legal wrangle. This time, it's not about fake jewellery or knock-off handbags, but counterfeit software. Rumours are circling the web that a US software...

  • 33 charged in cyber crime bust
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    33 charged in cyber crime bust

    By 27 July 2008

    American investigators have found and now charged members of an international phishing gang. The most recent to face the judge is Romanian Ovidiu-Ionut Nicola-Roman, 22, of Craiova. He pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud with access devices...

  • Fake Facebook profile case settled
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    Fake Facebook profile case settled

    By 24 July 2008

    A Brit has fought a ex-schoolmate and business colleague over a fake Facebook profile page, which he claims amounted to character defamation. Mathew Firsht was awarded £22,000 in damages at the High Court against an old school friend, Grant Raphael,...

  • Family loses Narnia domain name battle
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    Family loses Narnia domain name battle

    By 24 July 2008

    A birthday present for an 11-year-old Narnia fan landed a British family in a legal fight, which they have now lost. Richard Saville-Smith bought the domain name Narnia.mobi for his son's birthday present, but then found himself facing a fight with the...

  • Tiscali sues BT
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    Tiscali sues BT

    By 24 July 2008

    At the beginning of the week, we reported that Tiscali was seeking legal action after a marketing campaign by BT, which questioned the future of its broadband service. Letters were sent to Tiscali broadband customers implying that the Tiscali business...

  • Nokia and Qualcomm finally reach an agreement
    Phones

    Nokia and Qualcomm finally reach an agreement

    By 24 July 2008

    Nokia and Qualcomm have announced that they have entered into a new agreement covering various standards including GSM, EDGE, CDMA, WCDMA, HSDPA, OFDM, WiMax, LTE - and other technologies. The agreement will result in settlement of all litigation between...

  • Facebook sues "knock-off" site
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    Facebook sues "knock-off" site

    By 21 July 2008

    Facebook has filed an intellectual property lawsuit against a German company that it says is running a "knock-off" version of the social networking site. Facebook has accused "StudiVZ", that boasts 10 million users in Germany, Austria and Switzerland,...

  • Motorola sues former exec working for Apple
    Phones

    Motorola sues former exec working for Apple

    By 21 July 2008

    Motorola is suing a former employee who now works for Apple, accusing the worker of spilling trade secrets in order to help with the marketing of the iPhone. Michael Fenger left Motorola in March after nearly 6 years with the company where he was vice...

  • Tiscali threatens BT with lawsuit
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    Tiscali threatens BT with lawsuit

    By 21 July 2008

    Tiscali is alleging that BT is trying to win over its customers using dirty tactics. BT apparently sent out a letter to Tiscali broadband users warning that their service may be in doubt playing on rumours of a sell-off. Tiscali has responded by threatening...

  • Intel faces yet anothrer EU antitrust case
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    Intel faces yet anothrer EU antitrust case

    By 18 July 2008

    According to The Wall Street Journal, Intel could be facing yet another probe by EU authorities. European regulators are allegedly preparing to file new antitrust charges against Intel expanding a current probe into the chipmaker's marketing and sales...