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Articles tagged with: license

Nokia Takes Down Apple In Patent Case

Nokia has announced today that Apple has agreed to pay them a one-time settlement and continuous license fees for Nokia-owned patents, which ends a long-standing battle that Apple had started back in 2009. Both companies have also agreed to retract prior complains from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The CEO of Nokia stated, “We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licenses…This settlement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”

Microsoft, Facebook & Co. Support AT&T Merge

According to tmonews, Microsoft joined with Facebook and six other tech companies in a filing to the FCC in support for the AT&T and T-Mobile merger. Of those who support the acquisition include Yahoo, Oracle, Research In Motion, and VC firms Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers, and Sequoia Partners.

Their main reason for voting “yay” was that the acquisition would help AT&T expand their network to serve a larger portion of America. I believe that rather than having everyone’s best interest, these corporations are only looking out for themselves.

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.

iPhone 5 Will Be Dual Mode

Verizon’s CFO confirmed that the next iPhone will be a world phone. The iPhone 5 will be able to operate both on the CDMA and GSM networks with the same hardware. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo claimed that the new iPhone would be a dual-mode phone allowing for users to seamlessly switch between wireless carriers without switching hardware.

Of course, you’ll probably have to pay a hefty $200 penalty for ending a contract early, it’s reassuring to some that you’ll get to keep the same hardware.

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.”