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First off today, Oracle, which is currently suing Google for copyright and patent infringement over alleged use of their Java code in Google’s Android mobile operating system, may have received more ammunition in their case. Blogger Florian Mueller claims to have found six more Android files that, unlike Oracle’s claims, are part of more recent Android releases. He also turned up some 37 other files with copyright notices by Sun, which Oracle has since bought, saying things such as “PROPRIETARY/CONFIDENTIAL” and “DO NOT DISTRIBUTE!” The issue may be a major problem for Google as Android uses the Apache license, which is incompatible with Java’s GPL usage. This would make the use of the code an infringement since Google, nor any third-party can unilaterally change the license on the code.
Next up today, Zoffa LLC, which owns Ultimate Fighting Championship, has filed suit against Justin.tv saying that the site does not do enough to curb illegal use of its service to stream UFC pay-per-views. Zoffa accuses Justin.tv of both turning a blind eye to the rampant piracy and inducing the infringement. The lawsuit alleges some 50,000 visitors watched UFC 121 illegally on Justin.tv despite Zoffa’s best attempts to combat the infringement.
Finally today, artist Jeff Koons is suing a small San Francisco gallery and retailer named Park Life claiming that they are selling statues based on his work. The work, however, is a very large statue Koons made in the shape of the classic balloon animal dog, which has been a pop culture icon since at least 1958. The dispute started in December, when Koons sent a cease and desist notice to the retailer, however, they refused to budge and continue to sell the statues today.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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