[ATTACH=right]16954[/ATTACH]What's a billionaire to do when he's not in the spotlight so much anymore and maybe getting a little, well... bored? Sue everyone that people are paying more attention to than you, that's what! Interval Licensing, the company owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is suing nearly every big name in tech - the lawsuit names AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube as defendants, alleging violations of patents related to search, multimedia, database management and "screen activity" (e.g. pop-ups.) No specifics just yet on exactly how each company violated the patents, but a …

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A number of the nation's biggest media sites were hit with a lawsuit last week, claiming that they are violating federal eavesdropping and hacking laws by using "zombie cookies." [ATTACH=right]16245[/ATTACH]The technology, created by Quantcast, allows sites to use Adobe's Flash player to reproduce tracking files, even after a user has deleted them, according to [URL="http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/big-media-sites-sued-over-use-of-zombie-cookies/37301?tag=mantle_skin;content"]ZDNet[/URL]. The class action suit names ABC, ESPN, Hulu, MTV, MySpace and NBC as defendants, as well as Quantcast. The lawsuit calls Internet users "fish in a fishbowl," completely exposed to Web sites' all-encompassing and wholesale collection of data, which could then be bought and sold. …

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If you use, or operate, a password-free wireless network then legal action being taken in the US by the adult movie industry might just be about to rain on your parade warns one European IT threat mitigation expert. [ATTACH=RIGHT]23826[/ATTACH]The lawsuit was filed by Liberty Media Holdings, a producer of adult movie content based in San Diego, and accuses in excess of 50 people in Massachusetts (where the lawsuit has been filed) of downloading and consequently sharing a gay porn movie illegally via BitTorrent. The complaint itself makes a point of claiming that the defendants either have direct responsibility as they …

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Internet marketers using social networks beware - linking to stories on the Internet, much as news bloggers do here on Daniweb and elsewhere, may be about to become a high risk activity. The owner of website [URL="http://www.skyscrapercity.com"]skyscrapercity.com[/URL] is being sued by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for infringement over one of its articles. The arguments are detailed on a [URL="http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=133992"]Mediapost[/URL] site. This isn't the right forum to go through the legal arguments, which are on the link if you want them. The main thrust of the defendant's case is that the paper had offered an implied license to reproduce its material …

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The great thing about modern technology is that it makes our lives easier, well, most of our lives that is. For some, it would seem, technology just adds another layer of confusion into the whole living their life thing. Take the many cases of people apparently having to do exactly what their satellite navigation system tells them, without giving any thought to what that might actually be. I've written about [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story218321.html"]stupid satnav users[/URL] before here on DaniWeb, such as the Australian chap who turned right when directed and failed to spot this was not a highway turn off but the …

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A lawsuit filed against Facebook in 2008 has had its day in court -- and lost. [ATTACH=RIGHT]16247[/ATTACH]Ohio-based [URL="http://www.leader.com/"]Leader Technologies[/URL] filed suit against Facebook, charging that it had infringed on their 2006 patent for "a method and system for the management and storage of electronic information” developed by the company's founder, Michael McKibben and Jeffrey R. Lamb. It took six days to hear the trial in a Delaware court, but in the end the eight-member jury ruled in Facebook's favor, finding that although patent infringement had taken place, the original patent was invalid. The patent abstract describes the tool as: [QUOTE]A …

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In a twist of Internet fate, [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] creator and owner Mark Zuckerberg finds himself as defendant in a lawsuit over the Facebook's majority ownership. Paul Ceglia claims that he entered into a contract, signed by both himself and Zuckerberg, that sold 50 percent of facebook.com to Ceglia for $1,000. Ceglia further claims that Zuckerberg promised him one percent more per day until the site was completed. Ceglia [URL="http://www.scribd.com/doc/34239119/Ceglia-v-Zuckerberg-complaint"]filed his claims[/URL] with the Allegany County Supreme Court of New York. He claims to own 84 percent of Facebook per the contract. I wonder if Ceglia would be so interested in the …

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I wish I had gotten this story before the [URL="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/techchron/detail?entry_id=57438&o=3&gta=commentslistpos#commentslistpos"]San Fransisco Chronicle[/URL] or [URL="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10455573-71.html?tag=rtcol;pop"]Cnet,[/URL] but the truth is they got it before me. A lady in Florida got a team of lawyers to sue Google, the Search Engine firm in San Fransisco, CA for breaching her privacy with Google Buzz. I know Google get's sued now and then but this lawsuit, is, well different. I'm sure plenty of people were filled with ire about the entire Google Buzz predicament. But Mz. Hibnick was the one who actually took action and hired a team of lawyers to sue Google for breaching …

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Skype might stop next year. The service's owner, eBay, has said that it is in dispute with the VoIP system's founders (see a report [URL="http://www.revolutionmagazine.com/news/rss/924222/Skypes-future-shaky-warns-eBay/"]here[/URL] but it doesn't say much more than I'm going to repeat here) and that if the new owners can't get the underlying technology from the old, then it's unlikely that the service will be able to continue. Which is fair enough at first glance. If they can't get the technology then they can't get the technology. And yet... You have to ask a few questions, don't you? Like, how was someone able to acquire a …

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One of my very first blog entries here at DaniWeb was titled “[URL=http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2341.html]Mac-Cloner Psystar: Hero or Hoax?[/URL]” Well it was either no hoax at all or Apple was the latest to get sucked in. It was revealed today that Apple on July 3 filed a [URL=http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/images/apple.pdf]law suit[/URL] in San Jose, Calif., against Psystar Corp. for copyright and software licensing violations. Psystar has for several months been advertising the availability of the Psystar Open Computer and OpenServ, Intel-based machines with the option of preinstalled Mac OS X software; prices started at around US$600. Apple’s licensing agreement forbids inclusion of its software …

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Google is being charged with content copying by none other than... Microsoft. They are complaining that Google is copying far too much information, information that many people make a living on. Google's been trying to make the whole web searchable, everything from books to news to magazines. Although Google has been found guilty in Belgium of infringing copyright laws, it claims that all the content they search now complies with international copyright law. They say that they make sure that the content providers get the revenue and benefits that they deserve. From Google's humble start, it's come a long way. …

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