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Groklaw reports that "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."

The article further investigates the implicit link between this lawsuit and Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer's recent statements, bringing forward evidence of two Microsoft employees crossing over to the Acacia, of whom IP Innovation firm is a subsidiary and therefore concluding: "So much for being Microsoft's little buddy".


It was barely few days and it looks like this first GPL lawsuit in the US ever is about to be resolved peacefully. On one hand this doesn't give it much of a chance to get tested in court, but on the other hand it may underscore its strength even better, as well as the effectiveness of the Software Freedom Law Center.

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

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I didn't think I would see the day when I would read a news about something like this, but here we go. The Pirate Bay, an organization which is actually openly and proudly sharing music and other content without authorization is suing the major entertainment cartels whose content they are illegally sharing.

"The Pirate Bay is normally on the wrong end [of] the entertainment cartels lawsuits. But now is decided to take the initiative against its accusers."

As quoted, on their blog they say: "Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we’ve been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers." -- Read more


"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." -- Read more

Time to test GPL in court.


"In cases which should by rights have been initiated by the Bush government on behalf of innocent families across America, falsely attacked by Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG, RIAA victims Tanya Andersen and Michelle Santangelo are determined to make the Big 4, as well as companies involved in the sue ‘em all morass, pay, literally and figuratively, for the distress they’ve caused and are still causing."

"In a request for class action status which, if and when successful, will ultimately include every one of the 30,000 or so RIAA victims, Andersen and her lawyer, Lory Lybeck (right), are looking to recover compensation for the, “significant damages caused by the Defendants” as well as punitive damages, statutory penalties, litigation fees and expenses and equitable relief."