The patent battle between Apple and Samsung rages on around the world. Just as Samsung announced that it was going to begin selling modified smartphones in Netherlands in order to avoid a sales ban there, it suffered yet another setback, this time in Australia. Details await you after the jump.
Timelines.com bills itself as "the first website that enables people like you to collaboratively record, discover, and share history." The problem is "people like you" are easily confused and apparently won't be able to make heads or tails out of Facebook's new Timeline feature, which is in no way associated with Timelines.com. That angry website fears people won't be able to grasp that concept once Facebook goes full steam with Timelines, so it's taking the social network to court.
VIA Technologies is unleashing its legal beagles at Apple for allegedly infringing on three microprocessor-related patents and has filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court of Delaware. The patent infringement allegations extend to Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV devices, as well as associated software.
They say you don't really know until you try. Sony, evidently, has taken that nugget of conventional wisdom to heart, as it's added a clause to its online terms of service that doesn't exactly have the firmest legal footing. In short, you can still break your lawyer out of cold storage and have a grand old time individually, but the second you bring in backup, you forfeit one very important tool: your rights.
They say to strike while the iron's hot, and that's exactly what Sprint is doing as it attempts to block AT&T from merging with T-Mobile. Less than a week ago, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit seeking to block the proposed $39 billion deal, and rather than wait to see how that plays out, Sprint just filed a suit of its own, claiming the potential deal would run afoul of Section 7 of the Clayton Act.
You can't knock Minecraft creator Notch for being unoriginal. First he, you know, created Minecraft, and now he's bringing BFGs to a word fight. That's right: he wants to end this whole “Scrolls” brouhaha by battling it out in Quake 3. Perhaps the most hilarious part of all, though? This is no laughing matter. On no uncertain terms, Notch has said that he's “serious” about this.
Think the whole RIAA/MPAA lawsuit factory is ridiculous? You should see what what Righthaven's pulling in the newspaper world. The company's entire purpose is to sue the pants off of small-time bloggers, websites and forum members who post newspaper clips and articles online. They target itty-bitty operations who probably can't afford litigation and strong arm them into ponying up $2,000 to $5,000 settlements instead. Well, that M.O. backfired recently; a Righthaven case was tossed out of court and they were ordered to pay $34,000 in legal fees to the defendant – but you should hear the shenanigans they tried to pull to get out of paying.
Netflix and its all-consuming thirst for bandwidth may get a lot of the headlines these days, but don't make the mistake of thinking illegal P2P file sharing is dead. Hop onto one of the big name torrent sites and you'll find a veritable ocean of available titles being seeded by a whole heck of a lot of people. But just because the media's forgotten about file sharers doesn't mean the lawyers have; in fact, over 200,000 pirates have found themselves slapped with a lawsuit since the beginning of 2010.
Well now, this is unpleasant. Bethesda, creator of games we really love, and Notch, creator of other games we really love, have gotten into a bit of a tiff. You know, the kind with lawyers and words like “trademark infringement.” Yes, that's right: Bethesda's serving papers over, well, a word referring to a rolled up piece of paper. So, what's hat-wearing wonder Notch have to say about all this?
Spotify, About.me, and over two dozen other websites got caught with their hands in KISSmetric's cookie jar and will have to defend themselves against a class action lawsuit filed by parties in Northern California. The class action suit accuses KISSmetric of mischievous monkey business in the way it continues to track Internet users even after they've deleted cookies and cleared their browser's cache, which you can read more about here.