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And now we cannot even trust critics and reviewers! Jay Gentile, a man based in California who is said to be the operator of a number of sites that sell 4-star and 5-star reviews to Amazon sellers (among them buyazonreviews.com and buyreviewsnow.com) is the target of a lawsuit filed by Amazon in an effort by the mega-retailer to crack down on fake reviews. Other "John Does" also believed to be involved in such practices are alluded to in the suit as well. Filed Wednesday in King County Superior Court in Washington state, the Amazon lawsuit accuses Gentile and the John Does of trademark infringement,... Read more...
Microsoft announced on Monday that it had convinced yet another company to sign a licensing deal to cover Android wares. General Dynamics Itronix will be paying the folks in Redmond an undisclosed sum to ensure "broad coverage" of Microsoft's patent portfolio for future Android devices the company wants to create. General Dynamics Itronix makes ruggedized notebooks, netbooks and even a tablet, using mostly Windows software.  But clearly it is eying the ultra-hot Android market for new products. This is, arguably, Microsoft's third publicized Android licensing deal. The biggest was... Read more...
A group of high-powered tech companies has been slapped with a class action suit for conspiring to artificially keep employee wages low. The companies being sued are Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar. Sound familiar? It should. These companies, with the exception of Lucasfilm, were investigated by the Department of Justice for the same reason, and in September each avoided litigation with the DOJ by agreeing to change their ways on the matter. Although the agreement with the U.S. government did not include an admission of guilt, that doesn't save the companies from fending... Read more...
Yesterday, a Federal District Court judge in California heard arguments regarding a DVD copyright case between Hollywood movie companies and RealNetworks. Depending on what the judge rules, you and I may or may not be able to legally copy our own DVD collections to our computers. In October, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel temporarily halted sales of RealNetworks' software that allows people to make backups of their DVDs on a home computer. After hearing arguments regarding the case, the judge is expected to issue a written decision. No timeframe for when she might rule has been given. During... Read more...
The RIAA has launched a fresh wave of 8000 lawsuits against alleged file-sharers world wide. This brings the total to more than 18,000 in the US and another 13,000 world wide.  In this most recent wave 17 countries were affected, including Brazil, Poland, and Mexico which had previously avoided lawsuits.  The music industry claims they loose billions of dollars annually to music piracy and is determined to set an example by filing civil and criminal suits to stomp it out. To date approximately 2300 people have settled these suits in amounts averaging $3,000.... Read more...
Though the RIAA has been suing people over copyright infringement for a few years now, they've been starting to run into some roadblocks as of recent. Despite using such tactics as trying to sue deceased people, or even people without a computer, many of their lawsuits have been successful due to folks not wanting to fight the charges. A recent court battle has complicated matters for the RIAA though, as they've lost a case to an Oklahoma mother after they were unable to produce information concerning the number of songs downloaded, and the time of the downloads. This isn't the... Read more...