Legal Issues

The NetApp-Sun Patent Litigation Is On: Anyone Know of Any Prior Art?

When Network Appliance first announced it had filed a lawsuit against Sun Microsystems early in September over alleged patent infringement in ZFS, I didn't know what to make of it.

(Mis)understandings of the words intellectual property

Last month I was threatened with police intervention after taking pictures of my two-year-old. Why? We were in what you might think of as analogous to an outdoor mall. It’s a former industrial complex that’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Today the area has been revitalized with restaurants and office space, a large greenspace in the middle, and an attractive manmade river and waterfall. Despite there being no signs to indicate such, security informed me that the owners of the space have prohibited photography in order to “protect the intellectual property of the architecture.”

SUSE Arrives with a Special Opposition - Says Bankruptcy Ct. Has no Jurisdiction

SUSE has arrived, filing a "special opposition" [PDF] to SCO's motion to stay the arbitration in Europe. That isn't what SCO called the motion technically, but that is what SCO wants. SUSE says that the Bankruptcy Court has no jurisdiction over SUSE, and for a number of reasons which it outlines, even if it did, the arbitration can't be stayed. SUSE also asks to file a couple of exhibits under seal [PDF], attached to the affidavit of Felix Imendoerffer [PDF], SUSE's corporate legal counsel. So, this motion gets added to the list of those to be argued on November 6. Also, today was the creditors' meeting. Darl McBride showed up to answer questions.

Plaintiff: Open Source Not on Trial in Linux Suit

The nation's first Linux patent suit currently facing Red Hat and Novell isn't about open source at all. Or so the plaintiff says.

Patent Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Red Hat & Novell - Just Like Ballmer Predicted

IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. Where else? The patent troll magnet state.

The Novell-Microsoft Wheeler Dealers Speak

Here you'll find an MP3 of a conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council on the Novell-Microsoft deal held in Boston on September 26th, where representatives from Novell and Microsoft defend the patent deal.

First U.S. GPL lawsuit to settle out of court

The first U.S. GPL-related lawsuit appears to be headed for a quick out-of-court settlement. Device-maker Monsoon Multimedia admitted today that it has violated the GPLv2 (GNU General Public License version 2), and said it will release its modified BusyBox code in full compliance with the license.

First Ever U.S. GPL Violation Lawsuit

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it has filed the first ever U.S. copyright infringement lawsuit based on a violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL) on behalf of its clients, two principal developers of BusyBox, against Monsoon Multimedia, Inc. BusyBox is a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities commonly used in embedded systems and is open source software licensed under GPL version 2.