February 20, 2003 |
Two world-renowned songwriters and two independent music publishers sued Bertelsmann for $17 billion Wednesday, accusing the German media conglomerate of deliberately helping users of the wildly popular Napster song-swapping service violate millions of copyrights.
February 23, 2007 |
A San Diego jury on Thursday told Microsoft Corp. to pay $1.52 billion for infringing patents underpinning the world's most popular digital music standard, known as MP3. The verdict, one of the largest patent awards on record, could open other technology companies to massive liability. Virtually every portable digital music player uses MP3 technology to read music files, including Apple Inc.'s iPod.
February 4, 2004 |
As entertainment-industry lawyers urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to rein in the Morpheus and Grokster online file-sharing networks, the company behind Morpheus released a new version of its software that makes it easier for people to copy music and movies. The move by StreamCast Networks Inc. illustrates what is at stake at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals: how much control copyright holders will have over the distribution of their works.
May 26, 1999 |
Sun Microsystems Inc. moved closer to keeping control of Java, the widely used programming language it developed for the Internet, when a federal judge indicated Tuesday he planned to rule against Microsoft Corp. on a key part of the legal battle between the two companies. U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte in San Jose wrote that he was planning to rule that Microsoft's Windows 98, Internet Explorer 4.0 and other software violated Sun's copyright for Java.
June 3, 2003 |
Like frustrated prosecutors charging an acquitted crime boss with tax evasion, the major record labels are suing the creators of the Morpheus file-sharing network again -- not over the software that millions of people use to copy billons of songs for free but over a service that never launched.
March 3, 2001 |
A Web site that spread explicit and malicious rumors across Southern California campuses was shut down Friday after sparking an unwelcome explosion of electronic gossip and adolescent angst. On http://www.SchoolRumors.com, middle school, high school and college students--the majority in the San Fernando Valley--posted graphic messages full of sexual innuendo aimed at individual students and focusing on topics such as the "weirdest people at your school."