Apple on Tuesday was fined 900,000 euros (about $1.2 million) by Italy's Antitrust Authority following an investigation into complaints of "unfair commercial practices" relating to its retail stores. The company's first retail store opened in Italy in 2006 in Ponte di Nona, and now there are nine stores in all located in various parts of the country.
The movie studio the made the Best Picture-winning film “The Hurt Locker” made some waves nearly two years ago when it started filing mass lawsuits against people it claims pirated the film. The goal was to extort settlements from defendants, not to go to court. The case has come to an unsatisfying end for Voltage Pictures as it could not subpoena records fast enough to match names to IP addresses. Although the case is over, some individuals are still being harassed by lawyers for Voltage.
Shares of Rambus stock rallied on Thursday after the technology licensing company announced it signed a patent licensing deal with Broadcom, which manufacturers networking and communication integrated circuits for data, voice, and video applications. The agreement absolves Broadcom from any and all previous patent claims made by Rambus.
It’s been over a year since Apple began its legal battle against Android in general, and HTC in particular. After a long review of the evidence, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled in favor of Apple and banned HTC from importing or selling its devices in the U.S.. The ban is not immediate, but come April 19, 2012, HTC could be in for some pain.
An Israeli entrepenuer formerly known as Rotem Guez has employed the unusual tactic of legally changing his name to dodge a lawsuit. His new name? Mark Zuckerberg, the same as the co-founder and CEO of Facebook. He changed his name after receiving a cease and desist order from Facebook over his Like Store, which sells advertisers "Likes" for their pages.
The saga of MegaUpload’s promotional music video just keeps getting weirder. Universal Music Group (UMG) had the video pulled last week, claiming that MegaUpload didn’t have the rights necessary to publish it. The file host begs to differ, and had the video reinstated. The disagreement has been heating up and made its way to the courts. UMG’s newest legal filing with the courts makes some confusing claims, including that it can remove content from YouTube even if it doesn’t own the copyright.
A federal judge this week sided with a man accused of stalking a Buddhist religious leader on Twitter, ruling that the Constitution protects "uncomfortable" speech, even when it may cause "substantial emotional distress." Judge Roger W. Titus dismissed the government's case against William Lawrence Cassidy in a 27-page order outlining the details.
Back in mid 2010, Sony made the decision to remove a feature from the PS3 firmware that was much beloved by the modding community. Of course we’re referring to the “Install other OS” option. Well, a cadre of angry nerds filed a class action suit shortly thereafter, but a judge has just dismissed the case once and for all.
Journalists are now allowed to fire off live text-based communications, such as mobile email, social media (including Twitter), and Internet enabled laptops in and from courts throughout England and Wales without asking for permission, a U.K. judge ruled. Prior to the ruling, reporters would have to issue a request, but that rule has now been removed.
A trio of executives at Hitachi and LG will spend some time behind bars for conspiring to rig bids and fix prices for the sale of optical disk drives, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today. Young Keun Park, Sang Hun Kim, and Sik Hur (aka Daniel Hur) each agreed to plead guilty, with Park and Kim agreeing to serve eight months in prison and Hur agreeing to seven months. All three also agreed to pay $25,000 in criminal fines.