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Articles tagged with: Copyright

Adiós, Fake Apple Stores!

The Chinese government and the investigating authorities have been involved in a big hustle over the past few weeks involving the fake Chinese Apple Stores in Kunming. The fake stores were the lime light of the city and the people behind it were reported when someone blogged about two apple stores in the city when there was no Apple store providing services in that area.

The Land of the Dragons is known for its counterfeit market and copyright infringement all over the globe more than it is known for Dragon remains and Emperors. The accused owner has even said that they were doing it for the good of the people and that they were doing Apple a favor and the employees claim that they were made to believe that this is an official Apple store.

Sorry Winklevoss, Facebook Case Finally Settled

The Social Network was a great movie that offered us some insight into the life of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and explained what it was like to get where he is today. However, the movie portrayed the struggles that Mark faced to get there. One of which was allegedly stealing the idea from two guys known as the Winklevoss twins.

The billionaire had to fight with the accusation ever since he made the largest social network in the world public but both the parties agreed on a peace treaty a couple of years back.

Oracle Sues Google Over Java Copyrights & Patents

In the tech industry, suing rival companies is not a big deal so its no surprise that Oracle sued Google.

The bone of contention is Google’s US$100 million deal with Sun Microsystems to pay the royalties for using Sun Microsystems’ programming language java for building the, then-new operating system, Android.

The deal has invoked a copyright infringement case against the search giant Google. However, Google has denied the allegations put forth by Oracle.

Ford Sued Over SYNC Technology

A Washington state technology company filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ford in federal court.

Eagle Harbor Holdings, and its subsidiary MediusTech, claim Ford used several automotive technologies in Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles without authorization.

Apple Feels Harassed By Samsung

Just days after Nokia was declared the victor in a lawsuit that Apple started, claiming that Nokia had infringed on some of its patents, Apple is still in a dead heat with Samsung. In this lawsuit, Apple is accusing Samsung of harassment in its request to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 prototypes.

Apple believes that Samsung is just trying to get them back for when Apple demanded to see Samsung’s products (upcoming Galaxy) for investigation. Apple further claims that it will not reveal its prototypes as these are key company secrets that cannot risk being leaked, or even copied.

Microsoft Pays $290M For Patent Infringement

The U.S. Supreme court upheld a 2009 verdict that had ordered Microsoft to pay $290 million in fines because the computer giant infringed on a patent that was owned by Toronto-based company i4i. The U.S. Supreme court found that Microsoft stole the concept of an i4i-owned patent that allowed users to manipulate the architecture and content of a document.

Microsoft altered its application in 2010 when it filed for an appeal. After the ruling, Microsoft argued that the courts should not require such a high burden of proof for patent violations because it made it hard for the larger companies to defend themselves in such cases.

YouTube Delivers Creative Commons Library

Youtube has just delivered a Creative Commons license that allows creators to reuse and remake their favorite content, with ease. With the new copyright license from Creative Commons, licensors will be able to keep the copyright while letting others copy, distribute, and re-use the work for non-commercial purposes.

This will make it perfectly legal to remix clips and videos that are tagged with the Creative Commons license. The only requirement is that the original creator gets credited at some point in the video.

Game Emulators Yanked From Android Market

Game emulators are programs that are available for download through mobile, desktop, and laptop devices, that allow users to simulate game consoles and play games they enjoy without having to pay for the console. The player usually just plays the game through mouse and keyboard instead of controller, but one could easily configure a game controller by obtaining the right hardware and software.

A third party Android app developer by the name of Yong Zhang has recently had his popular game console emulators yanked out of the Android market. His entire selection of apps was removed without warning.

Apple iCloud: $25 Per Year After Free Trial

According to 9to5Mac, The LA Times has reported that the iCloud will be a low-priced add on to iTunes and will cost users only $25 a year.

Before charging the fixed fee, however, the service will be offered for free to people who buy songs through Apple’s iTunes digital download store. Users will be able to upload their music to Apple’s computers and later play the tunes from a web browser or any Apple device. Apple would also sell advertising around its iCloud service.

Twitpic Reserves Right To Sell Users’ Photos

According to thenextweb, Twitpic (A Twitter photo-sharing service) has stated on its blog that users retain all copyrights to their photos and videos but once the media is uploaded, Twitpic is allowed to distribute that content through twitpic and affiliated partners. The blog continued to say that the even if a user’s content is deleted and no longer viewable online, Twitpic still has the rights to your content for a “commercially reasonable time” that may be “perpetual and irrevocable.”