NYT dumps a copyright snowfall on startup referencing its work
"If you wouldn’t mind using another publication to advertise your infringement tool..."
Corporate Win: Supreme Court Says Monsanto Has 'Control Over Product of Life'
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of biotech giant Monsanto, ordering Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman, 75, to pay Monsanto more than $84,000 for patent infringement for using second generation Monsanto seeds purchased second hand—a ruling which will have broad implications for the ownership of 'life' and farmers' rights in the future.
German court convicts, sentences BitTorrent site operator to nearly 4 years
"Jens R." offered no defense in this case of abetting copyright infringement.
Warner Bros. Sued By Meme Creators Over Copyright Infringement
Krazy Kanuck sends this quote from the BBC: "Warner Bros is being sued for the alleged unauthorized use of two cats that have achieved internet fame. ... The complaint alleged that the cats were used without permission in Scribblenauts, a series of games on the Nintendo DS and other platforms. Court documents alleged that Warner Bros and 5th Cell 'knowingly and intentionally infringed' both claimant's ownership rights. 'Compounding their infringements,' court papers (PDF) said, 'defendants have used "Nyan Cat" (designed by Christopher Torres) and "Keyboard Cat" (created in 1984 by Charles Schmidt), even identifying them by name, to promote and market their games, all without plaintiffs' permission and without any compensation to plaintiffs.' "
Microsoft Sued By CopyTele Over Alleged Skype Patent Infringements, Wants To Bring Cases Against 100 More Web Conferencing Services
CopyTele, a "patent enforcement entity" based in New York, has filed a patent infringement suit against Microsoft in connection with its Skype IP calling and messaging service, now used by 280 million people every month. The two patents in question come from Secure Web Conference Corporation, a subsidiary of CopyTele. They are 6,856,686 B2 ('686 Patent), and 6,856,687 B2 (’687 Patent), respectively covering "method and apparatus for securing e-mail attachments" and "portable telecommunication security device." "The Patents-in-Suit, generally speaking, relate to secure web-based peer-to-peer communications," CopyTele writes in its complaint.