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First off today, the judge in the Oracle/SAP case as set aside the record-breaking $1.3 Billion verdict against SAP and has reduced it to $272 Million. The case stems from SAP’s allaged downloading and use of Oracle software through its now-defunct TomorrowNow software-maintenance unit. The two companies are competitors in the business management software sector, with SAP being the largest. SAP has admitted that was liable but disputed the damage amount, prompting the judge to reduce the award. The judge has ordered a new trial on damages be held if Oracle does not agree to the reduction.
Next up today, in New Zealand, one day after the country’s new “three strikes” law has taken effect ISPs are reporting that no infringement notices have arrived for them to process. Rightsholders claim that they are still working on means to ensure a smooth transition to the new system and that the notices will trickle in over time, rather than hit like a wave. The law requires ISPs to pass along notices of infringements and offers the Copyright Tribunal the ability to punish repeat offenders with up to $15,000 fine and possible disconnection.
Finally today, a bored police officer in Madison, Wisconsin has been suspended after he downloaded the movie Hall Pass illegally using his in-car laptop. The illegal download was discovered after the laptop became infected with a virus due to the download, forcing action from the department’s IT personnel to clean it off. The officer’s name has not been released.
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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